We agree with Grimm that the concept of social innovation is a victim of its own success. It is increasingly being used, appropriated, and diffused by a wide range of public and private organisations keen to highlight the social and innovative component of what they do or what they wish to do. Can we blame them? Certainly not, but we must acknowledge that the recent proliferation of initiatives and organisations with the label social innovation has generated some confusion that we, from academia, should try to address and, hopefully, help to clarify. We will focus in the present edition of our Antenna on refining our framework around the understanding of what social innovation is and the rising debates that accompany it. We will do so by focussing on the main subtopics that have recently occupied the minds of scholars and practitioners alike when trying to encapsulate and further define the different variables that are used to make sense of social innovation.

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Buckland, Heloise; Murillo Bonvehí, David

Antenna for social innovation: The quest for precision: The search for a common framework and recent examples of successful social innovations

05/2015
We agree with Grimm that the concept of social innovation is a victim of its own success. It is increasingly being used, appropriated, and diffused by a wide range of public and private organisations keen to highlight the social and innovative component of what they do or what they wish to do. Can we blame them? Certainly not, but we must acknowledge that the recent proliferation of initiatives and organisations with the label social innovation has generated some confusion that we, from academia, should try to address and, hopefully, help to clarify. We will focus in the present edition of our Antenna on refining our framework around the understanding of what social innovation is and the rising debates that accompany it. We will do so by focussing on the main subtopics that have recently occupied the minds of scholars and practitioners alike when trying to encapsulate and further define the different variables that are used to make sense of social innovation.
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Antenna for social innovation: The quest for precision: The search for a common framework and recent examples of successful social innovations
Buckland, Heloise; Murillo Bonvehí, David
ESADE. Instituto de Innovación Social, 05/2015
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