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Received: 2016-12-10  |  Accepted: 2017-04-20  |  Published: 2017-09-29

Title

Engaging universities in social innovation research for understanding sustainability issues


Abstract

The paper presents the analysis of a three-stage research conducted by the authors within a social innovation project in collaboration with international master students of Riga Technical University for determining the factors, which motivate people to be involved in the solution of social problems. The authors not only analyse and use the outcomes of the students’ research but also provide feasibility study of using the potential of study research at the university, for implementing serious research projects. Data collection from Africa, Asia, America and Europe was organised jointly by all the students via web-based survey for creating an original data base for the collaborative use. The qualitative and quantitative content analysis of the respondents’ texts revealed three groups of factors: intrapersonal, interpersonal and external factors which motivate people to be involved in the solution of social problems. Having conducted content analysis of the same texts and comparing the outcomes of the students’ and their own research, the authors concluded that study research is worth being used for research projects.


Keywords

social problems, social innovation, study research, learning research by doing research, qualitative content analysis


JEL classifications

O15


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/129


DOI


HAL


Pages

9-22


Funding

The paper was supported by the National Research Program 5.2. “Economic Transformation, Smart Growth, Governance and Legal Framework for the State and Society for Sustainable Development ‒ a New Approach to the Creation of a Sustainable Learning Community (EKOSOC-LV)”. The research was conducted within the project 5.2.7. “Involvement of the society in social innovation for providing sustainable development of Latvia” of the National Research Program EKOSOC-LV.

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Authors

Oganisjana, Karine
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia http://www.rtu.lv
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Svirina, Anna
Kazan National Research Technical University, Kazan, Russian Federation http://www.kstu.ru
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Surikova, Svetlana
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia http://www.lu.lv
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Grīnberga-Zālīte, Gunta
Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava, Latvia http://www.llu.lv
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Kozlovskis, Konstantins
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia http://www.rtu.lv
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

5


Number

1


Issue date

September 2017


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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