“How to think about social innovation?” with Danielle Logue from University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Dr. Danielle Logue is an Associate Professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at UTS Business School. She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MSc) at Said Business School, University of Oxford, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the University of Cambridge.
This conversation will consider whether social innovation is more hype than substance, looking at when and where the concept emerged, and argue that it is not new but rather a contemporary manifestation of historical tensions between ‘economy’ and ‘society. From across academic and practitioner literature Dr. Logue looks at how social innovation often generates new networks and collaborative configurations across individuals, organizations and sectors, and how it also requires us to be conscious of the implicit and different moralities at play when we invoke or operate under the guise of ‘social innovation’. She identifies three frameworks that highlight and open up distinct ways to think about social innovation: (1) as a form of social value creation, capture, and distribution; (2) as a polysemous concept that creates networks of meaning necessary in cross-sector collaborations; and (3) as striving for institutional change.