Two paths of social innovation in the post-pandemic world

Thomas Montgomery, Micaela Mazzei

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Purpose: The Covid-19 pandemic has initiated a period of radical uncertainty, resulting in impacts on a scale that has and will continue to transform economies and societies across various contexts. Social innovation resonates with the challenges the pandemic presents. This paper aims to address the question of which form of social innovation will be most pivotal in the post-pandemic world. Design/methodology/approach: The paper has been developed by reviewing key literature on social innovation, with a specific focus on the most current contributions of Moulaert and MacCallum and Mulgan. Findings: Social innovation is embedded in debates around social change but the “type” of social change that dominates the future of social innovation is connected to how social innovation interacts at different scales and with different actors engaged in shaping change in specific contexts. Building upon extant knowledge of social innovation we can hypothesise two paths of social innovation emerging/intensifying: one that seeks economic reform with an emphasis on meeting social needs in new ways and another that seeks complete systemic change. Originality/value: This is a reflective piece that by reviewing current contributions to the social innovation literature questions the post-pandemic future of the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-458
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Enterprise Journal
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021


  • post-pandemic recovery
  • social innovation
  • future pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


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