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date: 23 February 2024

Social Innovationlocked

Social Innovationlocked

  • Stephen Edward McMillinStephen Edward McMillinSaint Louis University

Summary

Social innovation is not well understood within the context of macro-social work. Frameworks for understanding social innovation as having dimensions of social entrepreneurship, social intrapreneurship, and social advocacy are elaborated. Challenges to the comprehensive understanding and utility of social innovation for macro social work are discussed, especially an overemphasis on social entrepreneurship as the only typical expression of social innovation as well as a mistargeted, deficit-based approach which assumes that contemporary social work is dysfunctional and can only be made functional through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Global and multidisciplinary insights and applications of social innovation for macro social work are reviewed. Finally, how the macro-social work approach to social innovation builds on and advances business approaches to social innovation is discussed.

Subjects

  • Administration and Management
  • International and Global Issues
  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy

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