37 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 15, 2010
The purpose of this study is to better understand the process of innovation transfer between social sector organizations, an area that is at the nexus of research on social entrepreneurship, scaling, and knowledge transfer. We are guided by a primary research question: How are social innovations transferred to other organizations to increase their impact? Drawing on field observations, interviews, and archival data from an ongoing social innovation transfer attempt in rural India, we show that the scaling process is fraught with challenges, but can nevertheless be managed by focusing on the “Arrow core” of elements which enable a social innovation’s success.
Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation Transfer, Developing Countries, Scaling, International Development, Rural Development, India
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Chowdhury, Imran and Santos, Filipe M., Scaling Social Innovations: The Case of Gram Vikas (February 15, 2010). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2010/10/EFE/INSEAD Social Innovation Centre/ICE. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1553070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1553070