Scaling Social Innovations: The Case of Gram Vikas

Date Added: Mar 2010
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The purpose of this paper is to better understand the process of innovation transfer between social sector organizations, an area that is at the nexus of research on social entrepreneurship, scaling, and knowledge transfer. The authors are guided by the primary research question: How are social innovations transferred to other organizations to increase their impact? Drawing on field observations, interviews, and archival data from an ongoing social innovation transfer attempt in rural India, they show that the scaling process is fraught with challenges, but can nevertheless be managed by focusing on the "Arrow core" of elements which enable a social innovation's success.