Humanistic Management of Social Innovation in Service (SIS): an Interdisciplinary Framework

Sertan Kabadayi, Linda Alkire (née Nasr), Garrett M. Broad, Reut Livne-Tarandach, David Wasieleski, Ann Marie Puente

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Humanistic Management and Transformative Service Research literatures share the common goal of addressing the increasingly growing global challenges faced by humanity. Recently, organizations have been called to further engage in social innovation in service (SIS) in an attempt to address these challenges. However, the existing service literature does not offer explicit processes regarding how to manage these social innovation efforts at the human interaction level. By drawing on both Humanistic Management and Service literatures, this paper develops a conceptual framework to guide the social innovation in service efforts. More specifically, this paper aims to answer a key question of: how can organizations manage human interactions to help maximize social innovation in service (SIS) outcomes? This paper identifies four foundational values (respect, trust, fairness, and inclusion) that should be at the core of the proposed processes (communication, collaboration, and compassion) needed in order to achieve the desired outcomes of SIS (relieving suffering, increasing well-being, and protecting and promoting human dignity). Subsequently, a typology of service organizations is offered with different combinations of processes at the human interaction level, highlighting the synergistic effect of the three identified processes. The proposed framework in this paper is a first step in bridging two disciplines to highlight their potential and role in addressing the global challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-185
Number of pages27
JournalHumanistic Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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