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  | ARTICLES | Am. J. innov. res. appl. sci. Volume 5,  Issue 1, Pages 88-94 (July 2017)
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American Journal of innovative
Research & Applied Sciences 
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OCLC Number: 920041286
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| JULY | VOLUME 5 | N° 1 | 2017 |
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*Correspondant author and authors Copyright © 2017:   | Wiam Lahmidi |
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Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences Salé | University Mohammed V - Souissi | Department of Entrepreneurship and Local Development | Rabat | Morocco |

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SOCIAL ECONOMY, A VECTOR FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION: A CO-OPERATIVE CASE STUDY



    | Wiam Lahmidi  |
. Am. J. innov. res. appl. sci. 2017; 5(1):88-94.

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ABSTRACT

Background: Given the economic, social and climatic realities, it becomes necessary to think of a new way to do things and resolve social problems. This emphasizes the growing interest of researchers and public authorities in social innovation and its connections with social economy as a fertile and innovative ground. However, social innovation remains a vague concept and only few people consciously invest in its process. Sometimes the actors themselves are unaware that they are in the process of implementing a social innovation. Therefore, knowing the different parts of the process appears as a means of understanding and clarifying this concept and the different ties it maintains with the social economy institutions. Objectives: The purpose of this article is to present a conceptual framework of the social innovation process and to emphasize the innovative potential of the social economy sector, in order to conduct an empirical confrontation to see if the social economy sector can be considered as a vector of social innovation. Methods: To do so, we will present a synthesis of theories on social innovation process, on social economy and its innovative potential. Also, we will provide a case study on a Moroccan social innovation supported by the Attawafok co-operative which activity is founded on waste recycling. The Results of this study case will highlight the social innovation produced by the co-operative model as well as the forged relations with its territory and the different operating actors. Conclusions: Through this article we will conduct a comparison between theoretical and empirical works order to verify the acuteness of the mobilized theoretical framework after applying it on a real case study.
Keywords: Social innovation, Process, Social economy, Territory.