Public-Enterprise Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges to Scale up Social Innovation

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Lindeman, Sara
dc.contributor.advisor Lempiälä, Tea Nguyen, Thuy Trang 2018-06-01T08:26:34Z 2018-06-01T08:26:34Z 2018
dc.description.abstract Researchers on both fields – social innovation and cross-sector collaboration have emphasized the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in promoting the social-oriented and sustainable solutions. However, despite that positive fact, literature review has shown that SMEs were understudied. In particular, there is a lack of in-depth research on the process of SMEs collaborating with other sectoral actors and on the process of SMEs innovating with social purpose. Therefore, the aim of this thesis was to research under both spectrums - social innovation and cross-sector collaboration, collecting novel insights to shred light into the involvement of SMEs. The research object was to investigate in-depth the challenges attached to the collaboration for social innovation involving SMEs. This thesis presented the data from a collaborative social innovation involving three research institutions and three SMEs. The process of collecting the data was longitudinal. Researcher was able to immerse into the research setting, working as a group member for a period of time. This has allowed the researcher to conduct both individual interviews and group’s observations. The synthesis of the theoretical framework suggested that the study of the collaboration for social innovation ought to be analyzed under multiple dimensions: Initial conditions, process dimension and outcome dimension. Each dimension has various driving factors that intertwine and influence each other, both inside and outside of the dimensions. Since the thesis focused on an in-depth study of the processes, the researcher reviewed the process dimension in scrutiny with four main driving forces – mutual understanding, membership and power structure, leadership, and finally trust. These factors are concluded based on reviewed literature as well as the empirical data. The finding part was structured in accordance with the theoretical framework. The case’s insights have reinforced many theories of reviewed literature. At the same time, there were many noble insights, resulted from the characteristics of the SMEs and the conditions of this particular social innovation. These emerging insights have indicated there were four main specific challenges attached to the process of collaboration for social innovation, with SMEs’ involvement. The outcomes of this study provided a more in-depth look into the SMEs management field. Actors in the cross-sector collaboration and social innovation are suggested to utilize these empirical results to overcome their own underlying challenges. Other researchers in the future could as well apply these insights into other management cases so as to increase the relevance and create a comprehensive theoretical framework in the SME’s collaboration and innovation management field. en
dc.format.extent 66 + app. 8
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Public-Enterprise Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges to Scale up Social Innovation en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword PE collaboration en
dc.subject.keyword SMEs en
dc.subject.keyword social innovation en
dc.subject.keyword cross-sector collaboration en
dc.subject.keyword collective trust en
dc.subject.keyword collaborative leadership en
dc.subject.keyword knowledge sharing en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201806012890
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Creative Sustainability en
dc.subject.helecon sustainability en
dc.subject.helecon julkinen sektori fi
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot fi
dc.subject.helecon pk-yritykset fi
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen fi
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö fi
dc.subject.helecon tietämyksenhallinta fi
dc.ethesisid 17105
dc.location P1 I fi

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