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Social Innovation in Disability Nonprofits: An Abductive Study of Capabilities for Social Change

Taylor, R, Torugsa, N ORCID: 0000-0001-6563-4272 and Arundel, A ORCID: 0000-0001-6833-2472 2019 , 'Social Innovation in Disability Nonprofits: An Abductive Study of Capabilities for Social Change' , Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly , pp. 1-25 , doi:

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This study uses an abduction-based approach to identify the capabilitiesharnessed by nonprofit organizations (NPOs) as they develop social innovations.The context of this study is the Australian disability sector currently undergoinga once-in-a-generation social policy reform with the implementation of theNational Disability Insurance Scheme. Data from extensive field observationand 52 interviews were collected during “researcher-in-residences” at twodisability NPOs and analyzed using thematic coding and practice–theory iterationto arrive at a “working” hypothesis. The findings reveal many capabilities usedby disability NPOs on the path to social innovation development. The complexinterplay of these capabilities forms five pivotal capabilities (i.e., transformationalempathy, place-based relationing, diversity learning, paradoxical change making,and complexity leadership) for eliciting nonprofit social innovation (NSI) withcommunity and system-level impacts.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Taylor, R and Torugsa, N and Arundel, A
Keywords: social innovation, abduction, disability nonprofit, researcher-in-residence, capabilities
Journal or Publication Title: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
ISSN: 0899-7640
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