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 15: An institutional framework to the scaling up of inclusive social innovations: the case of La Salada

Silvia Dorado and Pablo D. Fernández


This chapter builds on insights from institutional theory to advance our understanding of the scaling up of social innovations. The authors define scaling up as a process that involves the institutionalization of social innovations, that is, their transmission from time-to-time and place-to-place. The chapter considers the influence on scaling of justification and cooptation; two forces identified in institutional scholarship to explain failure, as well as variation, in the replication and diffusion of new social structures. The chapter offers a framework to articulate the influence of these two forces via the institutional carriers – symbolic systems, relational systems, practices, and artifacts – involved in the transmission of innovations. It illustrates the value of the framework to understand the institutionalization of a contested inclusive social innovation: La Salada, a “paraformal” market located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Salada offers an unusual entrepreneurship staircase for the poor to create, develop, and grow their businesses from backroom workshops to legal or paralegal establishments.

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