Revisit: Social Innovation


In an Interconnected World, Special Issue of Journal of Product Innovation Management; Deadline now 17 Dec 2017

Journal of Product Innovation Management
Gloria Barczak, Editor-in-Chief

Special Issue on:

Social Innovation in an Interconnected World

Guest Editors

Dr. Ruby P. Lee, Florida State University, USA

Dr. Jelena Spanjol, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of Munich, Germany

Dr. Sunny Li Sun, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Dr. Bo Zou, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Submission due date extended to December 17, 2017

Over the past two decades, social innovations have dramatically changed the landscape of worldwide societal challenges such as social inequality, poverty, pollution, energy provision, unemployment, and healthcare. Defined as a way to offer novel solutions that can more effectively and efficiently solve social problems and needs, social innovations like Microfinance and Fairtrade labels have become the main engine of inclusive growth and social change. In part because the social innovation literature is still fragmented and dispersed among fields, we believe that it is time to revisit existing theories in innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy and other domains to account for various new phenomena relating to social innovation. Given the evolving nature of innovation and the shifting focus of innovation from developed economies to emerging economies, the purpose of this special issue is to address a pressing need to understand social innovation in an interconnected world, specifically its role in emerging economies.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of social innovation and entrepreneurship research, we invite manuscripts that are from various scholarly domains including, but not limited to economics, finance, international business, marketing, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, and strategy, to name a few. We encourage manuscripts that go across markets and industries, and take a global perspective. We further welcome diversified methods (qualitative or quantitative or mixed), including comparative history analysis and case study to enrich our understanding of social innovation in the interconnected world.

A Special Issue Conference will be held on 14-15 July 2018 and dedicated to the authors whose papers have gone through the first round of review to present their work and receive feedback from the audience. It will be held at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. Attending the conference is encouraged but NOT required.

For the full call for papers, suggested topics and research questions, please visit the journal’s website or go this link.

Questions about this special issue may be directed to any of the guest editors.