Social Innovation Through Tradition: The Many Paths to Sustainable Development

Milena Valeva, Hagai Katz, Yotam Lurie

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Through a thick cross-national discussion of a number of cases in both Germany and Israel, we examine how traditional-regional small- and medium-sized enterprises located in traditional communities devise and adopt socially innovative strategies, as they transform themselves into hybrid organization on the road to sustainable development. The roadmaps fleshed out provide insights for organizations seeking to bring about sustainability and development for their communities. The cases demonstrate the importance of considering the unique cultural contexts of specific regions facing economic and social challenges. They tell us how different sociocultural contexts are embedded and expressed in sustainable solutions. Evidently, sustainability has a specific meaning within the shared values of a community. These meanings are intertwined in these societies’ traditions, and it is the dialectic adaptation of tradition with innovation that allows them to develop viable solutions of their own to ecological, social, or economic problems and challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Business Legitimacy
Subtitle of host publicationResponsibility, Ethics and Society
EditorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030146221
ISBN (Print)9783030146214
StatePublished - 10 Oct 2020


  • Cross-national comparison
  • Multiple modernities
  • Social enterprise
  • Social innovation
  • Sustainable regional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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