Users influence in social-service innovations: Two swedish case studies

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This article uses case studies to address the sources of social innovation, a major contributor to economic growth and welfare services. Following the findings of user-innovation research in the commercial sector, the authors found that social-problem users innovate new social services for solving specific social problems. They also found that superior problem and solution knowledge is one reason for their ability to do this, that their legitimacy with other potential users is an important factor for their innovations' diffusion and that the legitimacy of the new social services' operators with other stakeholders is important for acquiring resources for their projects. This contributes to the understanding of the management of social innovation using the established theoretical framework of user innovation.


External organisations
  • Linköping University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Engineering and Technology


  • Legitimacy, Social innovation, Social services, User innovation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-212
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Entrepreneurship
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1
Publication categoryResearch