Digital Technologies for Social Innovation: An Empirical Recognition on the New Enablers

  • Riccardo Maiolini John Cabot University - Institute For Entrepreneurship, CeRIIS - LUISS Guido Carli
  • Alessandro Marra University D’Annunzio - Chieti Pescara
  • Cristiano Baldassarri LTKA centre
  • Vittorio Carlei University D’Annunzio - Chieti Pescara
Keywords: Social Innovation, Start-up, SMEs, Digital Tools, Network analysis

Abstract

Even though scholars’ attention has been placed on Social Innovation (SI), little evidence has been provided with regards to which tools are actually used to address social needs and foster Social Innovation initiatives. The purpose of the article is twofold. Firstly, the article offers empirical recognition to SI by investigating, on a large-scale, social and innovative activities conducted by start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the world between 2001 and 2014. Secondly, the article intends to capture SI core businesses and underlying complementarities between products, markets, and technologies and show in which way digital media and IT are essentially tracing innovation trajectories over a multitude of industries, leading the current industrial patterns of SI, and continually fostering its cross-industry nature.

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Author Biographies

Alessandro Marra, University D’Annunzio - Chieti Pescara

Assistant Professor in Economics of Innovation

Cristiano Baldassarri, LTKA centre
Phisician and Senior Researcher on advanced analytics and data visualization
Vittorio Carlei, University D’Annunzio - Chieti Pescara
Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Economics
Published
2016-12-28
How to Cite
Maiolini, R., Marra, A., Baldassarri, C., & Carlei, V. (2016). Digital Technologies for Social Innovation: An Empirical Recognition on the New Enablers. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 11(4), 22-28. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242016000400004
Section
Research Articles