Social enterprises and mutual organisations that have spun out from the public sector are seen as an important new space for social innovation. Drawing on case study evidence from organisations in health and social care, innovations in four main areas are examined: (1) Organisational – new forms to facilitate democratic governance and decision making; (2) New treatments and therapeutic work integration; (3) New forms of outreach for particular demographic groups; (4) Incremental improvements to organisational systems and processes. Key facilitating factors include the development of a culture for encouraging innovation and involvement of staff and users, creating a space for experimentation and risk, and finding resources for innovation. Implications are drawn related to building competences for innovation in organisations, the balancing of collaboration with competition, and finally the key role for commissioners in the public sector in supporting innovation. [Authors’ abstract].
Lyon, Fergus; Sepulveda, Leandro and Vickers, Ian (2013) Process of social innovation in mutual organisations : the case of social enterprises leaving the public sector (Paper preseented at the international conference Social Frontiers : The next edge of social innovation research at GCU's London Campus on 14th and 15th November 2013).
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