Print Email Facebook Twitter Understanding social innovation as an innovation process: Applying the innovation journey model Title Understanding social innovation as an innovation process: Applying the innovation journey model Author Oeij, P.R.A. van der Torre, W. Vaas, F. Dhondt, S. Publication year 2019 Abstract The innovation journey is a process model distinguishing between the initiation, developmental and implementation/termination period of innovations; it looks at drivers and barriers, like innovation managers, investors, setbacks, adaptation, infrastructure. We operationalize this model to apply it to the process of social innovation. Eighty-two cases are re-analysed in a secondary analysis using qualitative comparative analysis to assess how social innovations develop and to investigate if they resemble the ‘innovation journey’ of innovations in technology/business. The results show that six combinations of seven elements of the innovation journey model have the highest chance to result in adoption of the social innovation. Yet, while differing paths lead to similar outcomes (equifinality), success is dependent on contingent factors: not ‘anything goes’. The implication for practitioners is to study the six successful combinations and steer their social innovation initiatives towards a combination that fits best with their own practice. © 2019 Elsevier Inc. Subject Work and EmploymentHealthy LivingSocial innovationInnovation processAdoptionInnovation journeySocial Enterprises To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:4c9f2773-2cdf-459c-a78c-30e1913a819f DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.04.028 TNO identifier 866868 ISSN 1482-963 Source Journal of Business Research, 101, 243-254 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.