How to grow social innovation from the view of organizational scaling and diffusion: Cases of eco-tourism communities in Taiwan

Yi Chun Tai, Chia Han Yang

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Abstract

This research aims to explore about how to grow social innovation from the view of organizational scaling and diffusion. With the emergence of innovation approach for solving the social issues, the concept of 'scaling up' is increasingly the dominant framing for how success is understood in the field of social innovation. For many in the social sector, scale is a typical challenge instead of business sector. It may be also much more important than the early creation or prototyping of a good social innovation. However, scaling-up approach is not the only way of framing discussions about the growth of social innovations. There is also an extensive literature on innovation studies that conceptualize the growth of innovations in terms of diffusion. With this perspective, this research aims to develop a social innovation model for regenerating the eco-tourism based community in Taiwan from the perspective of innovation diffusion, and explore the key factors and development mechanism from social innovation creation to diffusion. Our case study findings propose a three-phase mechanism in the transitional period from social innovation creation to diffusion. The first deepening phase means that the social innovators need to provide the tools and platform for citizen empowerment and engagement. These visible solutions and tools are proposed to enhance citizens' capacity to act on the place they inhabit. Secondly, the upscaling phase involves the interaction of many stakeholders and brings together different industries to build up shared visions. Finally, social innovators can increase and diffuse the viability of solution to inspire emulation in the third outreaching phase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages96-99
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538648315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1
Event2016 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2016 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2016 Dec 182016 Dec 20

Publication series

Name2016 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2016
Volume2018-January

Other

Other2016 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2016
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period16-12-1816-12-20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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