Handbook of Inclusive Innovation
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Handbook of Inclusive Innovation

The Role of Organizations, Markets and Communities in Social Innovation

Edited by Gerard George, Ted Baker, Paul Tracey and Havovi Joshi

The Handbook of Inclusive and Social Innovation: The Role of Organizations, Markets and Communities offers a comprehensive review of research on inclusive innovation to address systemic and structural issues – the “Grand Challenges” of our time. With 27 contributions from 57 scholars, the Handbook provides frameworks and insights by summarising current research, and highlights emerging practices and scalable solutions. The contributions highlight a call to action and place social impact at the heart of theory and practice. It will be an invaluable resource for academics, practitioners, and policymakers who champion social inclusion and emphasize innovative approaches to addressing sustainable development goals.
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Chapter 11: Coordinating infrastructure changes to meet retiring baby boomers’ needs

David Souder


Many US baby boomers have lived most of their lives in the suburbs, but few suburbs are conducive to the typical needs of retirees. With baby boomers increasing the number of retirees, urban planners have proposed a timely social innovation to transform former industrial cities into walkable residential centers that attract lifelong suburban retirees alongside young professionals. However, such inclusive residential development requires large-scale infrastructure changes in advance of corresponding consumer demand, given that many suburbanites have been conditioned to perceive city residences as undesirable. This chapter argues that management research offers important insights for implementing this type of inclusive social innovation due to the importance of extensive stakeholder coordination and a need for changes in the mindset of suburban baby boomers.

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