2nd Doctoral Spring School on Social Entrepreneurship Research – Vienna, Austria, 23. 4. - 25. 4. 2012.
Topic: “Exploring the frontiers of Social Entrepreneurship Research” (3 ECTS)
From a practical perspective, social entrepreneurship denominates a form of entrepreneurship, where social entrepreneurs create and deliver social value by employing market based strategies and approaches for client and income generation. However, social entrepreneurship (SE) as a term and a construct is applied in research literature for different phenomena in various contexts (Dey and Steyaert, 2010; Mair and Marti, 2006; Thompson and Doherty, 2006; Weerawardena and Mort, 2006). The spectrum ranges from non-profit organizations in Europe and the US, embracing commercial income strategies, to entrepreneurial ventures in rural India with a focus on small community development and even includes radical change approaches on a true global and societal scale. For researchers thus, the field is far from well defined (Haugh, 2005; Peattie and Morley, 2008a; Peredo and Mclean, 2006; Reed, 2008). Different schools of thought have been identified (Hoogendoorn et al., 2010) and at the same time criticised, the field is disputed as having been created through reflexive isomorphisms by different institutions for their intrinsic agendas (Dey and Steyaert, 2010; Nicholls, 2010) and some scholars even call it a mess (Jones and Keogh, 2006; Jones et al., 2008) due to the ambivalences in definitions, constantly changing research agendas and the competing disciplines within. What can be seen is, that the inherent hybridity of SE, for example in the placement of SE between market and civil society, or in its approaches torn between the social and commercial, is building up a tension field, both creative and destructive. SE therefore invites researchers to look at the field from a multitude of disciplines and perspectives (Mair and Marti, 2006; Nicholls and Cho, 2006; Weerawardena and Mort, 2006, Lehner and Kansikas, 2011; Light, 2009; Peattie and Morley, 2008a; Short et al., 2009).
Three days of intense discussion and knowledge exchange with PhD students, post-docs, and lecturers coming from a variety of disciplines and countries wait for you – in picturesque Vienna, Austria.
Moderation and Discussants:
· Pascal Dey, University of ST. GALLEN, Switzerland
Docent and author in Social Entrepreneurship
· Othmar Lehner, ACRN research network, University of Jyväskylä, Finland,
Editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurial Perspectives
· Marie Ringler, ASHOKA, Country Directorate Austria
Upon successful participation, 3 ECTS from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland will be issued. Costs: EUR 380,- including lunch.
Apply now by sending a CV and motivational letter to: spring_SE@acrn.eu
,attn. Othmar Lehner (Editor)
ACRN – academic collaboration and research network – Austria - http://www.acrn.eu
The ACRN is an extra-university research institution in the field of social and managerial sciences in Austria. We are a social enterprise furthering academic collaboration and research in various fields through partnering with leading universities from all over Europe, contributing to the European Union framework on cooperation in further education. All excess profit is used for grants and scholarships.
University of Jyvaskyla, Finland - http://www.jyu.fi/en
The University of Jyvaskyla is one of the leading Universities in the Nordic countries, constantly ranked among the world’s top 500. It is located in the capital of Central Finland, home to 35.000 students.
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