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Elin M. Oftedal and Lene Foss

This chapter discusses how responsible start-ups are met in the health sector. Through following three companies, Voco, Cora and Medicus, we acquire insight into the world of challenges the entrepreneurs have when they introduce their technology/service to the healthcare sector. Using institutional theory, we look at the regulative, normative and cognitive dimension of the institutional framework. We use the term ‘institutional wall’ to denote a dense network of formal laws and regulation, informal norms and knowledge and beliefs that act as barriers for the entrepreneurs to access the market. We find that while there is a positive development in the regulative dimension: both the regulative and the normative dimension are set up to favour larger companies. The founders’ responses to the cognitive dimension indicate a lack of belief in Norwegian technology and thus tough access to finance.

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Edited by Tatiana Iakovleva, Elin M. Oftedal and John Bessant

Powerful new approaches and advances in medical systems drive increasingly high expectations for healthcare providers internationally. The form of digital healthcare – a suite of new technologies offering significant benefits in cost and quality – allow institutions to keep pace with society’s needs. This book covers the need for responsible innovation in this area, exploring the issues of implementation as well as potential negative consequences to ensure digital healthcare delivers for the benefit of all stakeholders.
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Framing social innovation research: a sociology of knowledge perspective

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Frank Moulaert and Barbara Van Dyck

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From ‘book container’ to community centre

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

John Andersen, Kristian Delica and Martin Severin Frandsen

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Gender and social innovation: the role of EU policies

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Isabel André

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General introduction: the return of social innovation as a scientific concept and a social practice

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch

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Stijn Oosterlynck and Pascal Debruyne

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Holistic research methodology and pragmatic collective action

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Frank Moulaert and Abid Mehmood

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Innovative forms of knowledge production: transdisciplinarity and knowledge alliances

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Andreas Novy, Sarah Habersack and Barbara Schaller

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The International Handbook on Social Innovation

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch

The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro and macro spheres, with the purpose of satisfying unmet or new human needs across different layers of society. It connects social innovation to empowerment dynamics, thus giving a political character to social movements and bottom-up governance initiatives. Together these should lay the foundations for a fairer, more democratic society for all.