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Social Entrepreneurship Symposium: Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  
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Social Entrepreneurship Symposium

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


Henry W. Bloch School of Management

University of Missouri- Kansas City

May 20, 2016

The quantity and quality of social entrepreneurship research has rapidly increased in the past decade.  The concept is defined in many ways, but largely engenders a set of behaviors towards developing innovative solutions to social problems while also being open to the generation of sufficient capital necessary to scale those solutions.  The phenomenal interest in the practice of social entrepreneurship begs the question as to the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of the concept.  It is with this in mind that we invite active and inquisitive scholars to be a part of this evolving research discussion.

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 2016, will host a collection of accomplished scholars in the field of social entrepreneurship.  During the day-long session scholars will engage in a deep discussion of how their work is developing and fruitful areas for future research.  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.   

To contribute a manuscript for this symposium please send a 300 to 500 word abstract to Scott Helm ( no later than February 22, 2016.  Acceptances for full manuscript Submissions will be sent by March 1, 2016. 




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