A Global Mapping of Social Innovations: Challenges of a Theory Driven Methodology

Christoph Kaletka, Antonius Schröder

Abstract


The article discusses and analyses challenges, constraints and prospects of a theory driven empirical research methodology in the thematic field of Social Innovation. Based on the experiences made while conducting a global mapping of social innovation initiatives, it reflects challenges such as the different
understandings and definitions of the research field and contexts related to different policy and world regions. Starting with the approach of the EU funded international project SI-DRIVE, the challenges of theory development and its methodological operationalisation and limitations in an iterative improvement by sequential empirical mappings are discussed - combining quantitative and qualitative research and results for proving and elaborating the theoretical frame (building blocks of a Social Innovation Theory). Empirical evidence shows that the theoretical development of such a ubiquitous phenomenon needs an iterative interrelation of theory and empiricism and a multi-method approach, giving leeway for the whole variety of social innovations by simultaneously developing a common understanding and concept of Social Innovation.


Full Text:

PDF

References


Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Baldry, David/ Sarshar, Marjan/ Newton, Rita (2002): Quantitative and qualitative research in the built environment: application of “mixed” research approach. In: Work Study, 51(1), pp. 17 – 31.

Ball, Susan; Petsimeris, Petros (2010): Mapping Urban Social Divisions. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 11(2), Art. 37. Internet: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1002372 [last accessed 06.07.2016]

BEPA (2010): Empowering people, driving change. Social innovation in the European Union. Bureau of European Policy Advisers (Ed.), European Commission. Internet: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/resource-hub/empowering-people-driving-change-social-innovation-in-the-european-union [last accessed 08.04.2016]

Butzin, Anna; Howaldt, Jürgen; Domanski, Dmitri; Kaletka, Christoph/ Weber, Matthias (2014): Conclusions. In: Howaldt, Jürgen; Butzin, Anna; Domanski, Dmitri; Kaletka, Christoph (Eds.): Theoretical approaches to social innovation: A critical literature review (D1.1.) Internet: http://www.si-drive.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/D1_1-Critical-Literature-Review_final.pdf [last accessed 29.03.2016], pp. 151-160.

Cowan, R., David, P., and Foray, D. (2000). The explicit economics of knowledge codification and tacitness. Industrial and Corporate Change, 9(2): 211-253.

Dosi, G. (1982). Technological paradigms and technological trajectories. A suggested interpretation of the determinants and directions of technical change. Research Policy, 11: 147-162.

El-Haddadeh, Ramzi; Irani, Zahir; Millard, Jeremy; Schröder, Antonius (2014): Toward a coherent methodological framework for examining social innovation in the public sector; in: Information systems management, 31, 3/2014, p. 250-258.

European Commission. 2013. “Social Innovation Research in the European Union. Approaches, findings and future directions.” Policy Review. https://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/policy_reviews/social_innovation.pdf.

Geroski, P. A. (2000). Models of Technology Diffusion. Research Policy, 29: 603-625.

Howaldt, Jürgen; Kaletka, Christoph;/ Schröder, Antonius (2016): Social Entrepreneurs – Important Actors within an Ecosystem of Social Innovation. European Public & Social Innovation Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2016, 95-110.

Howaldt, Jürgen; Butzin, Anna; Domanski, Dmitri; Kaletka, Christoph (2014a): Theoretical approaches to social innovation: A critical literature review (D1.1). Internet: http://www.si-drive.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/D1_1-Critical-Literature-Review_final.pdf [last accessed 29.03.2016]

Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael (2010): Social Innovation: Concepts, research fields and international trends. IMO international monitoring. Internet:

http://www.sfs.tudortmund.de/odb/Repository/Publication/Doc/1289/IMO_Trendstudie_Howaldt_Schwarz_englische_Version.pdf

Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael (2016): Social Innovation and its Relationship to Social Change. Verifying existing Social Theories in reference to Social Innovation and its Relationship to Social Change (D1.3).

Howaldt, Jürgen; Schröder, Antonius; Kaletka, Christoph; Rehfeld, Dieter; Terstriep, Judith (2016). Mapping the World of Social Innovation. Key Results of a Comparative Analysis of 1,005 Social Innovation Initiatives at a Glance. Dortmund: TU)

Mingers J. (2001) Information, meaning, and communication: An autopoietic approach. In: Geyer F. & van der Zouwen J. (eds.) Sociocybernetics. Complexity, autopoiesis, and observation of social systems. Greenwood Press, Westport CT: 109–123.

Moulaert, Frank/ MacCallum, Diana/ Mehmood, Abid/ Hamdouch, Abdelillah (2013): The International Handbook on Social Innovation. Collective Action, Social Learnig and Transdisciplinary Research. Cheltenham UK, Northhampton MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

Mulgan, G. (2012). Social Innovation Theories: Can Theory Catch Up with Practice? In H.-W. Franz, J. Hochgerner & J. Howaldt (Eds.), Challenge Social Innovation. Potentials for Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Welfare and Civil Society (pp. 19-42). Berlin, New York: Springer.

Myers, M. D. (1997). Qualitative research in information systems. Management Information Systems Quarterly, 21(1), 241-242.

Nelson, R. R., Winter, S. G. (1982). An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change: Harvard University Press.

Pelka, Bastian / Terstriep, Judith (2016). Mapping Social Innovation Maps. The State of Research Practice across Europe. European Public & Social Innovation Review, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2016, 3-16.

Stake, R. (2000). Case studies. In N. Denzin, Y. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research. Sage: London. pp. 407–454

Tachtsoglou, S./König, J. (2017): Die Bedeutung der Grundgesamtheit (Population). In: dies.: Statistik für Erziehungswissenschaftlerinnen und Erziehungswissenschaftler. Springer Fachmedien, Wiesbaden. S. 259-261.

Von der Lippe, P./Kladroba, A. (2002): Repräsentativität von Stichproben. In: Marketing ZFP, Jg. 24 (2), S. 139-145.

Wilterdink, N. (2014). Social change. In Encyclopædia Britannica (Ed.), Encyclopædia Britannica Online. http://www.britannica.com/topic/social-change, accessed February 11, 2016.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2017 European Public & Social Innovation Review

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Creative Commons License Copyright Sinnergiak - Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial 3.0. Editorial Sinnergiak