SIE Country Summary: Poland

17 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2017

Date Written: March 19, 2015


The history of social innovation in country, challenges being addressed by social innovation. the key actors, who is promoting social innovation. A few of the key projects that illustrate social innovation.

The concept of social innovation has not been widely used under such a term in Poland until the beginning of the 21st century. In 1990s in the relation to the new social solutions, we mainly used phrases such as “social change” and “institutionalization of change.” The term “innovation” was used primarily in the context of new technologies, market products, and services. The discussion of the concept of “social innovation” in Poland is still at an early stage. Researchers and organizations dealing with this topic mainly use the general definition, which assumes that social innovation is an action based on both social ends and social means, which include new ideas (products, services, and models) that meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations.

Keywords: social innovation

JEL Classification: O35

Suggested Citation

Klimczuk, Andrzej, SIE Country Summary: Poland (March 19, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Andrzej Klimczuk (Contact Author)

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) ( email )

al. Niepodległości 162
Warsaw, Mazowieckie 02-554


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