Bridging Social Innovation in Education and Organisational Learning

Conectando la Innovación Social en la Educación con el Aprendizaje Organizativo

  • Clara Behrend Technical University Dortmund, Social Research Centre (sfs)
  • Karina Maldonado-Mariscal Technical University Dortmund, Social Research Centre (sfs)
  • Antonius Schröder Technical University Dortmund, Social Research Centre (sfs)
Keywords: social innovation, social innovation in education, organisational education, networks, new skills, alliances, education and training


This article combines two research approaches so far not connected but mutually reinforcing each other: social innovation and organisational education. On the one hand, theoretical and practical development of social innovation in education is a growing research area. On the other hand, organisational education, through its outlined Research Memorandum Organizational Education, is strengthening research of organisations and learning processes, especially on learning in, by and between organisations. To unfold the potential of social innovation in education, new cooperation and governance structures are needed to integrate all the relevant stakeholders to solve educational demands and mismatches. This is a prerequisite for making the formal education system more receptive to social innovations. The organisational education approach is focusing on a yet neglected part of the social innovation process: the change of organisations by mutual learning processes within an innovation ecosystem bringing together stakeholders from education and research, economy, policy, and civil society. The article shows the connections between both approaches by drawing on examples in practice from different applied research projects.



Este artículo combina dos enfoques de investigación hasta ahora no conectados, pero que se complementan mutuamente: la innovación social y la educación organizacional. Por un lado, el desarrollo teórico y práctico de la innovación social en la educación es un área de investigación en crecimiento. Por otro lado, la educación organizacional, a través de su Memorándum de Investigación sobre Educación Organizativa, está robusteciendo la investigación sobre las organizaciones y los procesos de aprendizaje, especialmente sobre el aprendizaje en, de y entre las organizaciones. Para desplegar el potencial de la innovación social en la educación, se necesitan nuevas estructuras de cooperación y gobernanza que integren a todas las partes interesadas para resolver las demandas y desajustes educativos. Este es un requisito previo para que el sistema educativo formal sea más receptivo a las innovaciones sociales. El enfoque de la educación organizacional se centra en una parte aún descuidada del proceso de innovación social: el cambio en las organizaciones mediante procesos de aprendizaje dentro de un ecosistema de innovación que reúne a las partes interesadas del ámbito de la educación, la investigación, la economía, la política y la sociedad civil. El artículo muestra las conexiones entre ambos enfoques a partir de ejemplos prácticos basados en diferentes proyectos de investigación aplicada.

Palabras clave: innovación social; innovación social en la educación; educación organizacional; redes; nuevas alianzas de competencias; educación y formación.




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How to Cite
Behrend, C., Maldonado-Mariscal, K., & Schröder, A. (2022). Bridging Social Innovation in Education and Organisational Learning. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 7(1), 17-29. Retrieved from
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