Spread and conditions of Social Innovation Research in Austria in the field of Social Sciences

Difusión y condiciones de la Investigación en Innovación Social en Austria en el ámbito de las Ciencias Sociales

  • Klaus Schuch ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation
Keywords: social innovation, Austria, social innovation in Austria, third mission, support measures


This paper scrutinises the spread and the conditions of social innovation research in Austria in social sciences. Although the empirical results are inconclusive, social innovation is definitely not a marginal topic in social sciences in Austria. More than 80% of the responding social scientists deal with social innovation at different levels of intensity. It also seems that social innovation works well for the overall self-representation of the universities. The construct of social entrepreneurship has probably contributed most to anchoring the notion of social innovation in the higher education sector in Austria, especially in teaching. Although some curricula and courses are more confined to traditional business school topics, some transcend the narrow business focus towards sociological and political approaches. The academic embedding of social innovation in Austria, however, is still hampered by structural factors. Our findings show a lack of both tangible and intangible support measures.



Este artículo examina la difusión y las condiciones de la investigación sobre la innovación social en Austria en el ámbito de las ciencias sociales. Los resultados obtenidos muestran que, aunque los datos empíricos no son concluyentes, la innovación social en Austria no es un tema marginal en el contexto de las ciencias sociales. Más del 80% de los científicos sociales que participaron en la investigación se ocupan de la innovación social en diferentes niveles de intensidad. Asimismo, se revela que la innovación social funciona bien para la autorrepresentación general de las universidades. El concepto de emprendimiento social es el que más ha contribuido a afianzar la noción de innovación social en el sector de la educación superior en Austria, especialmente en la enseñanza. Aunque algunos planes de estudio y cursos se limitan más a los temas tradicionales de las escuelas de negocios, algunos trascienden el estrecho enfoque empresarial hacia enfoques sociológicos y políticos. Sin embargo, la integración académica de la innovación social en Austria sigue viéndose obstaculizada por factores estructurales. Por tanto, los resultados muestran una falta de medidas de apoyo tanto tangibles como intangibles.

Palabras clave: innovación social; Austria; innovación social en Austria; tercera misión; medidas de apoyo.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.31637/epsir.21-2.1


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How to Cite
Schuch, K. (2021). Spread and conditions of Social Innovation Research in Austria in the field of Social Sciences . European Public & Social Innovation Review, 6(2), 1-14. Retrieved from https://pub.sinnergiak.org/esir/article/view/141
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