Ethics of Social Innovation

Knut J. Ims, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Ethics of Social Innovation.’ Society and Business Review , 2014, vol.9, no. 2, pp. 186-194

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the main reasons for social innovations to be successful in developing countries.Four famous cases of social innovation are studied and contrasted in the following dimensions: goals, means and skills/resources needed by the user. The authors argue that exemplary social innovations do not have profit as their primary objective but emphasize social, spiritual and humanitarian goals such as minimizing suffering, empowering people and strengthening local communities.The paper shows that sensitivity to local culture and an ethos for serving the common good are preconditions of successful and lasting social innovations by business.

Ethics of Social Innovation