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Transformed management scholarship and ways forward for exploring social innovation in organizations


Taylor, R and Torugsa, N and Arundel, A, Transformed management scholarship and ways forward for exploring social innovation in organizations, International Studies of Management and Organization, 50, (2) pp. 107-129. ISSN 0020-8825 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00208825.2020.1758420


Inspired by recent calls for a transformation of management scholarship, we conduct a scoping review of empirical studies during 19982015 on the phenomenon of social innovation within organizations. Social innovations are novel solutions that address social problems and create value for society as a whole. We make several problem-based observations and suggest how the social innovation phenomenon can be empirically grounded and contextualized to make future research intellectually relevant and meaningful for practice. We propose that the way forward lies in using abduction as a logic of discovery, adopting complexity theorizing, and using set-theoretic analytical methods to reflect multiple realities. The application of these three methods will help link theory and research methods with practice, thereby improving the ability of research to tackle managerial and societal issues and hence strengthening management scholarship.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:contexts, management scholarship, organizations, phenomenon-driven research, social innovation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Torugsa, N (Dr Ann Torugsa)
UTAS Author:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
ID Code:140123
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-07-28
Last Modified:2020-08-17

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