Research on DSI

Our research at Télécom École de Management 

Our research on digital social innovations encompass a range of research questions that we believe are important to address so as to leverage the power of DSI to change and transform our societies towards sustainability, inclusion and better democratic governance.  In our recent research, we analyse around 400 digital social innovations in Europe and work on a typology of these DSI, and an analysis of successful scaling up strategies (this is ongoing research, we will provide the results here soon).

Some References on multi-sided markets and Digital Platforms:

Evans, D.S. & Schmalensee, R. (2016). Matchmakers, Harvard Business Review Press.

Piskorski, M.J. (2011). A Social Strategy, Princeton University Press.

Rochet, J. & Tirole, J. (2003). Platform Competition in Two-Sided Markets. Journal of the European Economic Association 1: 990-1029.

Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary (2016) Platform Revolution(W.W. Norton & Co.)


Some references on social innovation

Avelino, F., A. Dumitru, et al. (2015). Transitions towards new economies: A transformative social innovation perspective. TRANSIT Working Paper  3(TRANSIT SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no 613169).

Ayob, N., S. Teasdale, et al. (2016). How Social Innovation ‘Came to Be’: Tracing the Evolution of a Contested Concept. Journal of Social Policy  45(4): 635-653.

Cajaiba-Santana, G. (2014). Social innovation: Moving the field forward. A conceptual framework. Technological Forecasting and Social Change  82: 42-51.


Grimm, R., C. Fox, et al. (2013). Social innovation, an answer to contemporary societal challenges? Locating the concept in theory and practice. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research  26(4): 436-455.

Moulaert, F., D. MacCallum, et al., Eds. (2013). The International Handbook on Social Innovation: Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Mulgan, G. (2006). The Process of Social Innovation. Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization  1(2): 145-162.

Mulgan, G., S. Tucker, et al. (2007) Social Innovation: What it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Working Papers

Murray, R., J. Grice, et al. (2010). The Open Book of Social Innovation, The Young Foundation & NESTA.

Nicholls, A. and A. Murdock (2012). Social Innovation: Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Nicholls, A., J. Simon, et al. (2015). Introduction: Dimensions of social innovations. New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research: 1-26.

Nicholls, A., J. Simon, et al. (2015). New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research.

Phills, J. A. J., K. Deiglmeier, et al. (2008). Rediscovering Social Innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review  Fall.

Pol, E. and S. Ville (2009). Social innovation: Buzz word or enduring term? The Journal of Socio-Economics  38(6): 878-885.

TEPSIE (2015). Social Innovation Theory and Research: A Summary of the Findings from TEPSIE. Brussels, European Commission (FP7). A deliverable of the project: “The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe” (TEPSIE).

van der Have, R. P. and L. Rubalcaba (2016). Social innovation research: An emerging area of innovation studies? Research Policy  45(9): 1923-1935.


References useful to understand the ecological impacts of DSI

Bahers, J.-B., I. Capurso, et al. (2015). Réseaux et environnement : Regards croisés sur les filières de gestion des Déchets d’Équipement Électriques et Électroniques à Toulouse et à Milan. Flux  2015/1(99): 32-46.

Desbois, D., C. Gossart, et al. (2010). Le développement durable à l’épreuve des TIC. Terminal 106-107.

ÉcoInfo (2012). Impacts écologiques des TIC : Les faces cachées de l’immatérialité. Les Ulis, EDP Sciences.

Gossart, C. (2009). De l’exportation des maux écologiques à l’ère du numérique. Mouvements 60: 23-28.

Gossart, C. (2015). Rebound Effects and ICT: A Review of the Literature. ICT Innovations for Sustainability. L. M. Hilty and B. Aebischer, Springer International Publishing. 310: 435-448.

Gossart, C. (2016). Planetary Boundaries and innovation: What role for ICT in defining a safe operating space for humanity? Innovation Forum VII (Session 17). Paris.

Gossart, C. (2016). Planetary Boundaries and innovation: What role for ICT in defining a safe operating space for humanity? Innovation Forum VII (Session 17). Paris.

Gossart, C. and R. Garello (2015). Technologies numériques et environnement. Revue de l’électricité et de l’électronique 4: 39-44.

Soete, L. (2011). Science, technology and innovation: From creative destruction to destructive creation. The 15th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. University of Sussex.

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