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Revealing the social face of innovation

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-30 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:23:04Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:23:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1784
dc.description.abstract Despite the introduction of social innovation in the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology, the concept of social innovation has not been actively implemented or even diffused outside of the policy arena in South Africa. Perceptions about what the concept of social innovation should encompass are contested and range from ideas of social welfare outcomes, public goods and a primary focus on the poor. More recently, the emphasis has been on inclusive development that embraces and supports the poor as innovators and which incorporates elements of social and economic development. While consternation in terminology persists, evidence from South Africa's rural areas suggests that although there may be limited state intervention, hampered by structural constraints, and limited understanding of contemporary ideas about innovation and social innovation, local actors practice a variety of forms of social innovation. In most instances, the purpose is to improve social and economic well-being of the poor. Such innovation activities occur almost as widely and as often as strictly commercially oriented innovation activities. However, it is unclear from observed social innovation practices who should benefit from these practices (the poor or everyone), how (directly or indirectly) and when (immediately or gradually). It is suggested that extensive use of the actor-oriented sociological approach to understanding social dynamics in both science and development can provide a means of understanding the subtleties involved in innovation practices and its use should be adopted to address structural challenges within the National System of Innovation that mediate against the contribution of innovations to the poor for inclusive development. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT en
dc.subject RURAL COMMUNITIES en
dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.title Revealing the social face of innovation en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 111(9/10) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Science en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8818 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=15746 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7571 en
dc.bibliographictitle Hart, T.G.B., Ramoroka, K.H., Jacobs, P.T. & Letty, B.A. (2015) Revealing the social face of innovation. <i>South African Journal of Science</i>. 111(9/10):Online. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1784 en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Hart, T.G.B. en
dc.contributor.author2 Ramoroka, K.H. en
dc.contributor.author3 Jacobs, P.T. en
dc.contributor.author4 Letty, B.A. en


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