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DECEMBER 2017: ISIRC 2017 - Beyond Boundaries? Organisations, Systems and Social Innovation
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12/12/2017 to 12/14/2017
When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is the premier multi-disciplinary research conference on social enterprise and social innovation. The 9th annual ISIRC will take place in Melbourne, Australia, December 12-14 2017. ISIRC is a dynamic and inclusive event, bringing together researchers at all stages of career, from multiple disciplinary perspectives and a wide range of countries.

Social innovations are often presented as solutions to wicked social problems, operating across sectors, and disrupting traditions of policy and practice. Social innovations - including social enterprise, design-led service creation and citizen co-production – are initiated within, between and beyond the bounds of established organisational forms.  Redefining boundaries creates new opportunities for combining wisdom and resources for progressive social change. Yet, critical scholars have observed that many popularised social innovations are limited in their focus on systemic change, and subject to isomorphic pressures from government and commercial interests. Others have argued that individual social innovations are limited in their effectiveness without wider systems-thinking in the design of social innovation policy and practice.

The ninth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2017) – in partnership with SIERC and EMES - will explore social innovation within and beyond the organisation. It invites research-led reflection on the organisational boundaries recast by social innovation, the systemic imperatives of a growing focus on social innovation, and the implications of these for theory and practice. Empirical, conceptual and practice-informed research contributions are encouraged.

The call for papers and panels is found here. Details about the conference and the call for papers are also available at the conference website. Submissions are due by March 10, 2017. We look forward to seeing some of you at ISIRC 2017.

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