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Transforming society through multilevel dynamics

a case of social entrepreneurship in the sanitation sector

Kokko, Suvi (2019). Transforming society through multilevel dynamics. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2019:31
ISBN 978-91-7760-380-1
eISBN 978-91-7760-381-8
[Doctoral thesis]

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Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are expected to take on a growing role in solving global problems of sustainability. However, many social entrepreneurial ventures and social innovations fail to create real change. The aim is to advance knowledge on the social innovation process by examining the dynamics of the multiple actors and levels of context in which a social entrepreneur develops and implements a social innovation. The case of a social entrepreneur in the sanitation sector provides a rich empirical setting for this research. A longitudinal case study was conducted in Kenya and multiple methods were used to collect empirical material.

Drawing on theories from consumer and marketing research and socio-technical transition studies as well as institutional and social network theories, the four distinct research papers constituting this thesis offer multiple perspectives on the social innovation process. Papers I and II show how the beliefs, preferences and values of endusers of a social innovation can be identified. Paper III shows that the different actors, taking part in the social innovation process in the social enterprise, are embedded in different, yet complementary, value logics, which guide the actors’ expectations and experiences of social value from the venture. In Paper IV, the focus lies in understanding the practices of different actors, which may enable or resist change in dominant practices, when introducing a social innovation.

This thesis contributes an alternative approach to understanding how social entrepreneurship can lead to transformative societal change. The fields of research and practice in social entrepreneurship may benefit from methods and theories that can account for the multiple actors and levels present in the social innovation process, in order to capture the factors necessary for creating change in deeper structures of society. Narrow, functionalist and economics approaches, may fail in delivering useful information on such complex processes.

Authors/Creators:Kokko, Suvi
Title:Transforming society through multilevel dynamics
Subtitle:a case of social entrepreneurship in the sanitation sector
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2019
Number of Pages:117
ILagerkvist*, C-J., Kokko, S. & Karanja, N. (2014). Health in perspective: framing motivational factors for personal sanitation in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya, using anchored best-worst scaling. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 4(1), pp. 108-119.
IIKokko*, S. & Lagerkvist, C-J. (2017). Using Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique to Map Beneficiaries’ Experiences and Values: A Case Example from the Sanitation Sector. American Journal of Evaluation, vol. 38(2), pp. 205-225.
IIIKokko*, S. (2018). Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Social Value When Bridging Holes. Social Enterprise Journal, vol. 14(4), pp. 410-428.
IVKokko*, S. & Fischer, K. Multilevel perspective on sanitation practice: a case of social innovation (manuscript)
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-380-1
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-381-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X70 Economics and management
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:social entrepreneurship, social innovation, transformative change, multilevel perspective
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ID Code:16111
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:02 May 2019 11:46
Metadata Last Modified:16 May 2019 09:00

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