Collaboration Networks for Social Innovation: A Case Study in a Technological Incubator of Popular Cooperatives

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Márcia Aparecida Prim
Gertrudes Apaarecida Dandoline
Solange Maria da Silva
João Artur de Souza

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Experiences in social innovation point to a collaborative work, in which several types of players connect in a network to seek solutions to the problems inherent in the less favored population. In this sense, the aim of this paper is to identify the constituent elements of collaboration networks for social innovation in the context of social incubators. This study used a qualitative, descriptive research approach and case study method. Data were collected through document analysis and semi-structured interviews. Based on the thematic analysis of the primary data, it was concluded that the constituent elements of collaboration networks for social innovation in social incubators are: partnerships (networks of players and different types of partnerships); collaboration (mutual help, commitment and trust); self-management (shared leadership, joint decision-making and shared processes); empowerment (recognition and construction of identity); resources (financial, material and human); learning (training, lectures and sharing of experiences); and sustainability (economic, social and environmental

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Prim, M. A., Gertrudes Apaarecida Dandoline, Solange Maria da Silva, & João Artur de Souza. (2019). Collaboration Networks for Social Innovation: A Case Study in a Technological Incubator of Popular Cooperatives. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(12), 147-164. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.Vol7.Iss12.2023
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