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Social Entrepreneurship Symposium

Monday, December 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Social Entrepreneurship Symposium

An empirical examination of the social entrepreneurship: Implications for management, governance and social change 

As Mair and Marti’(2006) state in, "Social entrepreneurship research: A source for explanation, prediction and delight.” the field of social entrepreneurship holds great promise.  Their article provided one of the more thorough reviews of interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship.  More importantly, they established a conceptual foundation of social entrepreneurship from which they hoped a field of social entrepreneurship research would emerge.  There is little doubt social entrepreneurship scholarship has accelerated since 2006; however several scholars have observed much of what has been produced simply adds to the pre-existing conceptualization discussions (Dacin, Dacin & Tracey, 2011).  Stated more firmly, despite the increase in social entrepreneurship volume the value of that research is still undetermined.  In order for the field to achieve the promise hoped for by Mair and Marti’, a more rigorous approach is needed. 


The allure of entrepreneurial behavior as a means to resolve social ills has long been the foundation for social entrepreneurship.  Cutting across sector, culture and country boundaries, social entrepreneurship offers the potential solution to "wicked” problems.  It is this potential, coupled with a growing number of "hero” stories that continues to fuel practitioner and academic interest in this elusive concept.  To add much needed specificity and remedy the gap in systemic empirical inquiry, we are soliciting participation from social entrepreneurial researchers looking to increase the value of that research through rigorous empirical inquiry. 


The Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, scheduled for May 20th and 21st 2014, will host a collection of accomplished scholars in the field of social entrepreneurship.  During the day and a half session scholars will engage in a mix of large plenary discussions and more specialized work groups around specific areas of social entrepreneurship.  This unique format will enable the group to explore social entrepreneurship from the nonprofit, for-profit and government perspectives.  Participation will be specifically sought on the following topics:

·         Understanding the impact of institutions on social entrepreneurship

·         Assessing the financial and social value impact of entrepreneurship

·         Understanding how governance systems support, confuse or hinder social entrepreneurs

·         Understanding the impact of social entrepreneurship in multiple sectors

·         Understanding the antecedents to entrepreneurial decision making

·         Understanding how social entrepreneurship is being carried out in different nations


The symposium is designed to further empirical scholarship in the field of social entrepreneurship. We are especially interested in innovative and rigorous experimental, quantitative and qualitative methods studying social entrepreneurship.  A concluding session of the symposium will discuss next steps for scholarship developed during the day and half.  In order to advance the field and highlight the work of prominent scholars, the symposium is seeking a peer reviewed journal for publication of the finest finished empirical manuscripts. 

To contribute a manuscript for this symposium please send a 300 to 500 word abstract to Scott Helm ( no later than January 31, 2014.  Acceptances for full manuscript

Submissions will be sent by February 15, 2014.  Please note that an invitation to submit a manuscript will not guarantee acceptance to the journal following the symposium. 

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