The role of volunteers in social innovation: A research overview

Xiaoyan Liang, Amarakoonge Amarakoon, Susan Bird, David Pearson

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Despite the consensus that volunteers play an increasingly important role in social development, the topic on volunteers in social innovation has received limited research attention. Drawing from the human resource management (HRM), volunteering, and social innovation literature, this conceptual paper aims to (a) establish the current state of the knowledge in this area, and (b) highlight the under-explored areas in the current knowledge. To this end, we make three key contributions. First, we highlight research gaps in the current volunteer management literature from a HRM perspective. Second, we highlight research gaps in the role of volunteers in design, development, and implementation of social innovation. Third, we propose food rescue as a context to further research in this area.
Original languageUndefined
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Dec 20187 Dec 2018


Conference32nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleANZAM 2018
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand

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