Pro-Innovative Orientation of Polish Social Enterprises: The Empirical Perspective

Agata Sudolska, Monika Chodorek


Contemporary times require an entrepreneurial approach to social problems. As the consequence social enterprises have emerged as a new type of organization which despite its non-profit character is treated as a fully entrepreneurial organization. As social enterprises adopt business principles while providing social goods or services, it has to develop an orientation that enables not only to survive, but also to compete in the contemporary environment. The paper is an attempt to contribute to the research in the field of social enterprises activities by examining their attitudes towards innovations. The main purpose of the paper is an attempt to assess pro-innovative orientation of Polish social enterprises. The paper addresses two tasks. The first part of the paper provides short theoretical overview of the idea and nature of social enterprise. As the theoretical analysis presented in the paper is exemplified with the empirical study, the second part of the paper presents the research findings which indicate the manifestations of social enterprises pro-innovative orientation. Based on the conducted research, we attempt to identify how social enterprises understand innovations, what kind of innovations they introduce. Finally, we attempt to connect the fact of creating innovations with pro-innovative behaviors of social enterprise employees.


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Sudolska A. and Chodorek M. (2016). Pro-Innovative Orientation of Polish Social Enterprises: The Empirical Perspective . In Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management - Volume 3: KMIS, (IC3K 2016) ISBN 978-989-758-203-5, pages 132-139. DOI: 10.5220/0006037901320139

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author={Agata Sudolska and Monika Chodorek},
title={Pro-Innovative Orientation of Polish Social Enterprises: The Empirical Perspective},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management - Volume 3: KMIS, (IC3K 2016)},

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JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management - Volume 3: KMIS, (IC3K 2016)
TI - Pro-Innovative Orientation of Polish Social Enterprises: The Empirical Perspective
SN - 978-989-758-203-5
AU - Sudolska A.
AU - Chodorek M.
PY - 2016
SP - 132
EP - 139
DO - 10.5220/0006037901320139