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Corporate social innovation

The private sector plays an essential role in the EU economy and the EC has identified SMEs and the promotion of entrepreneurship as essential to achieving Europe 2020 objectives, including becoming an 'Innovation Union'.

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Signe Skov-Hansen is co-ordinating the Corporate social innovation network on behalf of the Danish Technological Institute. 

Signe

Signe Skov-Hansen is an experienced developer and manager in involving innovation processes within both small enterprises and large multinational corporations at the intersection of digital transformation, workplace 4.0 and organizational change processes.

Signe is responsible for of number of online communities and platforms. She has managed a large-scale innovation consortium on Community-based Innovation – its’ main purpose being to secure enterprises and their users access to novel technological advances and business development processes addressing digital transformation as a key to value-creation. 

Prior to this, Signe’s work has focused on developing a systematic typology of active users in order to understand who, when, at which stage and how to involve users in an innovation process. This Active User Typology (AuTo) is now used as a strategic tool for planning and implementing online involvement processes for the purpose of innovation in corporations as well as for the general public.

With a background as a sociologist from University of Copenhagen, her hands-on, research-based approach tends to be people-centric organizational development with the crowd, based on open innovation methodologies, design thinking, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, including semantic analyses. Signe also teaches innovation management to business development professionals.

Working with corporations, Signe insists that corporate social responsibility and human resources should be part of the overall strategic innovation processes, where social innovation meets CSR. 

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