Social Innovation: The Era of Searching and Refining

Jiří Loudín



This essay reviews and analyzes the development of the concept of social innovation. In the wake of increasing societal demand, an initially partial and undertheorized category has developed into a general concept, which covers a broad field of immaterial innovation and presents itself as a normative and intentional practice. Among various ideological orientations, the study identifies a mainstream approach with its open attitude towards values, emancipatory-mobilizing stance and a socially- and market-responsible approach. At an epistemological level, theorists of social innovation typically embrace practical experiments, pragmatism, complexity theory and the principles of transdiciplinarity.


sociální inovace; netechnologická inovace; sociální cíle; sociální podnikání

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TEORIE VĚDY / THEORY OF SCIENCE – journal for interdisciplinary studies of science is published twice a year by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies). ISSN 1210-0250 (Print) ISSN 1804-6347 (Online) MK ČR E 18677 web: /// email: