Addressing sustainability challenges through state-led social innovation

The Singapore story

Peter Mckiernan, Azad Bali, Christopher Vas, Peter Waring

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    Abstract

    The Singapore government has implemented series of economic reforms aimed at reviving economic growth, improving productivity, reducing its reliance on foreign labour, fostering a culture of innovation in businesses, and building a sustainable ecosystem over the past few years. This chapter assesses how businesses are responding to specific government measures, and how they view the government’s catalytic role of in one of the areas of reform: sustainable development. We rely on primary data and interviews conducted with SME Firms in 2014 (n=215), and analyse firm-level behavioural changes in response to government policy, incentives and influence. Our analysis finds that Singapore’s State-directed innovation efforts to improve sustainability have limitations. Our findings lend credibility to the argument that social innovation and achieving sustainable objectives cannot be driven solely using a top-down State-driven policy approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
    EditorsKaterina Nicolopolou, Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Frank Janssen, John M. Jermier
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2016

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    Singapore
    Sustainability
    Social innovation
    Innovation
    Government
    Sustainable development
    Behavioural change
    Government policy
    Role of government
    Productivity
    Credibility
    Incentives
    Ecosystem
    Top-down
    Economic reform
    Economic growth
    Small and medium-sized enterprises
    Labor

    Keywords

    • sustainability
    • social innovation
    • entrepreneurship

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    Mckiernan, P., Bali, A., Vas, C., & Waring, P. (2016). Addressing sustainability challenges through state-led social innovation: The Singapore story. In K. Nicolopolou, M. Karatas-Ozkan, F. Janssen, & J. M. Jermier (Eds.), Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
    Mckiernan, Peter ; Bali, Azad ; Vas, Christopher ; Waring, Peter. / Addressing sustainability challenges through state-led social innovation : The Singapore story. Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. editor / Katerina Nicolopolou ; Mine Karatas-Ozkan ; Frank Janssen ; John M. Jermier. 2016.
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    Mckiernan, P, Bali, A, Vas, C & Waring, P 2016, Addressing sustainability challenges through state-led social innovation: The Singapore story. in K Nicolopolou, M Karatas-Ozkan, F Janssen & JM Jermier (eds), Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.

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    Mckiernan P, Bali A, Vas C, Waring P. Addressing sustainability challenges through state-led social innovation: The Singapore story. In Nicolopolou K, Karatas-Ozkan M, Janssen F, Jermier JM, editors, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. 2016