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Social innovations in the cultural field: an essay
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3088-4738
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference: Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: May 30 – 31, 2019, Prague / [ed] Ondřej Dvouletý, Martin Lukeš & Jan Mísař, Prague: University of Economics, Prague, Oeconomica Publishing House , 2019, p. 183-194Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study seeks to shed light on how social innovations are constructed in the cultural field by probing the phenomenon in relation to the enactment of an opera company in the Småland region in southern Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on an ethnographically inspired study, and is written in the form of an essay to capitalize on the genre’s tentative and reflective epistemology.

Findings: The study illustrates how a specific social innovation in the cultural field is both a product and producer of social innovations, and how social innovation processes could be understood as assemblages of social innovations enacted using organizing contexts and idealistic infrastructures. In opposition to the idea that social innovations are solutions to social problems, it is proposed that solutions to social problems might represent the unintended consequence of deploying various social innovations. It is also suggested that social innovation processes in the cultural field is non-linear and irrational in character.

Research/practical implications: The discourse on social innovation is largely based on a calculative engineering logic. This logic stands in sharp contrast to creative and artistic logics, and could hamper social innovation initiatives in the cultural sector. There is therefore a need for a differentiated understanding of social innovation in both theory and practice – an understanding that acknowledges social innovation as a construction dependent on specific contexts, processes, and people.

Originality/value: The essay allows the reader to reflect on how social innovations are constructed in different contexts. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Prague: University of Economics, Prague, Oeconomica Publishing House , 2019. p. 183-194
Keywords [en]
Social Innovation, Cultural Field, Entrepreneurship, Organizing Context, Idealistic Infrastructure
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Cultural Economy; Economy, Organisation theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-87026DOI: 10.18267/pr.2019.dvo.2316.0ISBN: 9788024523163 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-87026DiVA, id: diva2:1339532
Conference
The 7th International Conference IMES, Prague, Czech Republic, May 30-31, 2019
Available from: 2019-07-30 Created: 2019-07-30 Last updated: 2019-09-09Bibliographically approved

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