Transformed management scholarship and ways forward for exploring social innovation in organizations

Rachel Taylor, Nuttaneeya (Ann) Torugsa*, Anthony Arundel

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Inspired by recent calls for a transformation of management scholarship, we conduct a scoping review of empirical studies during 1998-2015 on the phenomenon of social innovation within organizations. Social innovations are novel solutions that address social problems and create value for society as a whole. We make several problem-based observations and suggest how the social innovation phenomenon can be empirically grounded and contextualized to make future research intellectually relevant and meaningful for practice. We propose that the way forward lies in using abduction as a logic of discovery, adopting complexity theorizing, and using set-theoretic analytical methods to reflect multiple realities. The application of these three methods will help link theory and research methods with practice, thereby improving the ability of research to tackle managerial and societal issues and hence strengthening management scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-129
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Studies of Management & Organization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020


  • Contexts
  • management scholarship
  • organizations
  • phenomenon-driven research
  • social innovation

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