The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Zooming in on the Micro-Dynamics of Social Innovation: Enabling Novelty Through Relational Constructionist Practice

Zooming in on the Micro-Dynamics of Social Innovation: Enabling Novelty Through Relational Constructionist Practice

Zooming in on the micro-dynamics of social innovation: enabling novelty through relational constructionist practice
Danielle P. Zandee

Introduction

This chapter explores how Organization Development (OD) can play a role in enabling processes of social innovation. Though the idea of social innovation (SI) is not new, it has been rejuvenated since the early 2000s as a hopeful response to pressing and complex societal challenges such as sustainable healthcare, city livability, refugee integration and affordable education. SI is fundamentally about fulfilling human needs and improving social relations through new practices of organizing, governing, and working. Conceptually, it often has a political and ideological connotation of engaging the more vulnerable and ...

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