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The House of Plenty – a social innovation model

Wanjiku Kaime-Atterhög (International Maternal and Child Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)
Yvonne von Friedrichs (Department of Business, Economics and Law, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden)

Publication date: 27 July 2017


Subject area

Social entrepreneurship/innovation.

Study level/applicability

Basic to advanced level.

Case overview

This case introduces students to the context of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Societies are facing new challenges that will require innovative solutions. In our society, social needs are addressed in a variety of different ways. Some of these needs are addressed mainly through public organizations, some in private spheres through associations or businesses, and others in informal organizations or maybe not at all. As changes occur in our society, the current practices we use to meet our needs will not necessarily be the same practices we use to meet our needs in the future. In response, a number of initiatives are emerging. This case describes the process of such a new initiative.

Expected learning outcomes

Students need to understand what social innovation is; in how many ways it manifests; and why it is a multi-disciplinary field. Students need to understand the difference between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and which challenges they are effective in addressing (context dependency). Students need to understand, describe and discuss the process and methods of developing social entrepreneurship and social innovations using the House of Plenty Social Innovation Model as a case. Students need to understand and discuss the main challenges that not-for-profit social innovations face in securing financial sustainability and in scaling up using the House of Plenty Social Innovation Model as a case.

Supplementary materials

Teaching Notes are available for educators only. Please contact your library to gain login details or email to request teaching notes.

Subject code

CSS 3: Entrepreneurship.



We wish to thank the project teams in Kenya, Uganda and Sweden for reading various drafts of this case description and for their valuable contributions, in particular Professor Beth Maina Ahlberg, Ms Marina Nart, Ms Malena Fornes and Mr Jesse Szeto.


Kaime-Atterhög, W. and von Friedrichs, Y. (2017), "The House of Plenty – a social innovation model", , Vol. 7 No. 3.



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