Navigating the ‘meaningless’ of social innovation: perspectives of social care practitioners in Scotland

Fiona Henderson, Simon Teasdale

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Abstract

Social innovation is an umbrella concept that allows space for a diverse range of perspectives to co-exist. In this paper, we explore how practitioners negotiate this complexity. Conducting 19 interviews with stakeholders involved in social enterprise and social care in Scotland, we show that almost anything can be conceived of as a social innovation as defined by the European Union. The EU definition can be a useful tool for organizations to demonstrate to funders how and why they are socially innovative. However, in failing to interrogate the power dimension of social innovation, the EU definition neglects any transformative potential.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalPublic Management Review
Early online date20 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • social care
  • social enterprise
  • social entrepreneurship
  • Social innovation
  • social innovation definitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration

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