The Open UniversitySkip to content

Social innovation and the designer-the future?

Collins, Hilary (2012). Social innovation and the designer-the future? In: British Academy of Management Conference 2012, Sep 2012, Cardiff, UK.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (484kB) | Preview
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This paper illustrates the importance of social innovation to design and the designer. Technology and Internet platforms play an important role in innovation not as the final goal but a medium that connects people to these services or systems. The paper discuss the role of the sustainable designer generating and providing value to collaborative organizations proposing specific capabilities the designer can bring to social and sustainable innovation. We propose, not to give the whole responsibility to designers nor to propose that only designers are capable of generating social innovation, but to understand which differentiating qualities can be used and have a positive impact on service. The paper calls for designers to have vision and to use design thinking to examine the causes of the biggest societal issues and create systems that could tackle the causes rather than the consequences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
ISBN: 0-9549608-5-8, 978-0-9549608-5-8
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 57926
Depositing User: Hilary Collins
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 10:48
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 20:41
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU