ISIRC is the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation in a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2018 is hosted by the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Center for Social Investment and Innovation in cooperation with the Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Institute for Work and Technology. The conference will take place at the heart of the old town of Heidelberg, a wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history and science.
Social innovation has clearly gained momentum over the past decade, spurred notably by the growing interest in theory, practice and policy. Manifested in new ways of doing things, distinct social relations, changes in perceptions or novel solutions, social innovations are often presented as an alternative to business (profit-oriented) innovation to cope with societal challenges at hand. While major progress has been made in understanding social innovation trajectories, drivers and barriers, business models and institutions, significant work is still required to position the distinct (disciplinary) analytical, conceptual and theoretical contributions in the ‘classical’ innovation research. On the other hand, social innovation has largely been overlooked by the majority of innovation literature, with the mainstream of research traditionally focusing on technological innovation, or more generally, business innovation.
The tenth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2018) strives to bridge the as yet largely unrelated research fields of social and business innovation and invites theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions drawing on different disciplines.
Yvonne von Friedrichs
Dr Yvonne von Friedrichs is professor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at Mid Sweden University, she also holds a position as associate professor in Tourism studies at the same University and as associate professor in Marketing at Umeå UniversityRead more
Attila Havas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, regional editor of International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, and member of the editorial board of Foresight and STI Governance.Read more
René Kemp is professor of innovation and sustainable development at the ICIS research institute of Maastricht University and professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT, a research institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University. ...Read more
Alex Nicholls is a Professor of Social Entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, ...Read more
Professor Christiana Weber holds the chair for Management and Organisation at the Leibniz University Hanover, in Germany. She researches and consults at the intersection of (social) entrepreneurship/sustainability, innovation management, organisation theory and social network theory.Read more
If you are pursuing a PhD on a social innovation-related topic, this is for you! Apply for our full day workshop one day prior to the main ISIRC conference in Heidelberg on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Get the most out of your trip, get advice and get connected. Get going!
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