Special Issue "Social Innovation and Value Co-Creation: Finding the Strategic Link in Business Management towards Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017)
This Special Issue aims to collect theoretical and empirical studies that contribute to develop a better understanding of Social Innovation and value co-creation, taking into account the growing pressures and emerging opportunities in the ‘sustainability’ agenda.
Social innovation is more oriented to find different answers to social problems by identifying and delivering novel services that improve the social quality of life, and by identifying and implementing new competencies and new forms of participation, collaboration, and relationships among individuals and organizations to produce solutions. In fact, within this innovation ecosystem, several actors (such as citizens, government, foundations, firms, social organizations, universities, etc.) are intensely involved in the social innovation, using different open forms of collaboration that are good ways to co-create and co-develop ideas and knowledge in order to define sustainable solutions, to respond social challenges, and also to promote changes in social systems. In this perspective, firms need to manage these types of innovation projects/activities, developing and realizing strategies within an evident paradox: Social innovation is not about maximizing economic value but social value, and this might contrast with traditional practices. Additionally, in relation to social innovation activities, the development of products and services mainly contemplate a process of exchanging ideas and value among a large number of actors that are more oriented to assume an active role in collaborative activities and networks in which they can concretely contribute to solve complex social problems.
Moreover, even if cooperation and exchange of ideas are characteristics of social innovation, these features are also fundamental principles of quality approaches, such as TQM or ISO 9001, where principles as “customer focus”, “involvement of people”, and “mutually beneficial supplier relationships” play a pivotal role. Therefore, it can be said that quality and innovation are two necessary pillars in order to achieve lasting competitive advantages to be understood as "sustainable development" for firms.
This Special Issue intends to encourage novel theorizing and research able to enrich our knowledge about relationships among strategy, social innovation, quality approach, value co-creation and sustainability. The purpose is to examine the relevant role of social innovation and value co-creation in defining new activities and practices able to lead to common economic, social and environmental objectives.
Prof. Barbara Aquilani
Dr. Tindara Abbate
Dr. Cecilia Silvestri
Prof. Alfonso Vargas Sanchez
open collaborative networks