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 26: Social entrepreneurs as network orchestrators: a framework and research agenda on networks and leadership in the context of social innovation

Christian Busch and Harry Barkema


Social networks are crucial in the context of social innovation, as tackling grand challenges in environmental sustainability, education and poverty alleviation usually requires partnerships across sectors. Over the last few decades, extensive research about the role of networks in commercial venture creation and development has been produced. However, we know surprisingly little about network development and transition in the context of social innovation, and there is a clear need for understanding how and why social enterprises develop networks for important social outcomes such as social inclusion. The purpose of this chapter is to review the network literature relevant to social innovation and to suggest potential avenues for further research. The authors develop a framework of Transformative Network Orchestration that helps to anchor social networks – and the related leadership approaches – in the context of social innovation. The framework addresses a gap in our collective understanding of how networks evolve in the context of social innovation and opens up intriguing avenues for further inquiry.

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