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Title: Going it alone won’t work! The relational imperative for social innovation in social enterprises
Authors: Phillips, W
Alexander, EA
Lee, H 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Journal of business ethics, 2017, p. 1-17
Abstract: Shifts in the philosophy of the “state” and a growing emphasis on the “Big Society” have placed an increasing onus on a newly emerging organizational form, social enterprises, to deliver innovative solutions to ease societal issues. However, the question of how social enterprises manage the process of social innovation remains largely unexplored. Based on insights from both in-depth interviews and a quantitative empirical study of social enterprises, this research examines the role of stakeholder relationships in supporting the process of social innovation within social enterprises. We find that social enterprises are adept at working with their stakeholders in the ideation stage of social innovation. In contrast, they often fail to harness knowledge and expertise from their partners during the social innovation implementation phase. Consequently, we propose a social innovation–stakeholder relationship matrix that provides social enterprises in particular with insight for developing stakeholder relationships to achieve their social innovation missions.
Keywords: Empirical
Social enterprises
Social innovation
Stakeholder relationships
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Journal of business ethics 
ISSN: 0167-4544
EISSN: 1573-0697
DOI: 10.1007/s10551-017-3608-1
Rights: ©The Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication
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