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Commercializing Work Life Balance: Outlining a Model for Analyzing and Promoting Social Science Innovation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013). (Centrum för genusforskning)
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, Vol. 5, no 1, 21-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Innovations have hitherto mostly been acknowledged in terms of new technical products

in both theories and policies on innovation. The public support to the transformation of

research results and new ideas into new goods and services, provided by the state as well

as by several universities, has thus primarily been adapted to the conditions prevalent in

technological and manufacturing industries. Since the Nordic countries have a long

tradition in policy and research focusing social aspects of societal development, there

ought to be a potential in supporting innovations emanating from the social sciences as

well. Social science innovations could then better serve to solve the great economic and

social challenges identified on the global level by OECD, on the European level by EU

and on the national level by the EU member states, not least the Nordic countries. But as

the public support system for innovations is adapted to technological standards and

conditions, what possibilities are there to promote and enhance ideas coming out social

science driven innovations? Based on an empirical example of a specific social science

innovation, this article explores how existing support systems could be adapted to

enhance innovation in other disciplines and spheres outside or beyond technological

ones. The empirical example emanates from a university in the middle parts of Sweden,

where the Grants and Innovation Office engaged themselves in a process of intense

adaptation of their services to meet the need of a social science researcher who presented

on the idea of an innovation based on research on the area of gender equality. The article

describes this particular innovation process step by step from research result to

commercialized service using a participatory research design, autobiographical method

and experimental method. Based on this empirical example of realizing a specific social

science innovation, this article outlines a model for analyzing and promoting and

recognizing these type of innovations. The model enables an analysis of the innovation

process by its power dimensions, affecting the prospects of realizing the original idea and

pinpointing key aspects for promoting social science innovations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brentwood, Essex: Multi-Science Publishing, 2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 21-30 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender, Innovation, Work Life Balance, Social Science
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26580DOI: 10.1260/1757-2223.5.1.21OAI: diva2:609868
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-03-07 Last updated: 2013-07-08Bibliographically approved

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