The Role of 'Inclusive Innovation' in Promoting Social Sustainability

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Basak Kalkanci

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Morvarid Rahmani

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

L. Beril Toktay

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability

Date Written: May 7, 2018

Abstract

This special issue implores us to address sustainability from the lens of emerging economies and the role that innovation can play in this context. We posit that, for sustainable operations research to be relevant in the context of emerging economies, it needs to incorporate social concerns and conditions of underserved populations, with an emphasis on inclusion and equity. Especially important for addressing social concerns of these populations will be product/service innovation, process/business model innovation, and supply chain innovation. We further posit that successful innovation in these areas will require collaboration of for-profit firms with the public sector, civil society organizations, and communities. In this paper, we put forward “inclusive innovation” as a unifying approach that enables the collaborative integration of social issues of relevance to underserved populations in operations management decisions. We then focus on contemporary sectoral challenges in services, manufacturing, and agriculture, highlight the relevant social sustainability issues with an emphasis on those relevant to underserved populations, and point to new opportunities for research.

Keywords: social sustainability, inclusive innovation, emerging economy, sustainable operations

Suggested Citation

Kalkanci, Basak and Rahmani, Morvarid and Toktay, L. Beril, The Role of 'Inclusive Innovation' in Promoting Social Sustainability (May 7, 2018). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 18-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3192623 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3192623

Basak Kalkanci

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

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Morvarid Rahmani (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

L. Beril Toktay

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

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