Social Enterprise and Social Business Innovation in Europe
Key findings of a 3-year research to be presented by top academics at the SELUSI closing conference on 6-7 October in Brussels.
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2011-10-06 at 16:00
World leading academic institutions have joined forces under the EU-funded SELUSI project to answer these and many other questions. Visit the SELUSI closing conference on 6-7 October in Brussels to hear the results of the research that speak directly to policy-makers' interests notably at the EU level, but also at the regional/national levels.
- What do social enterprises in Europe really look like?
- How do they navigate markets?
- What influence do they have on policy-making or industry-wide norms?
- How (radically) innovative are they and what can explain this?
- What value can social entrepreneurs bring to the development of social innovations led by mainstream business?
SELUSI is a partnership between the London School of Economics, the IESE Business School in Barcelona, the Catholic University of Leuven, SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics, Harvard Business School, i-propeller, NESsT, The Hub, and the Global Institute.
The research resulted in the first, systematic, detailed and representative panel database of over 550 social enterprises of five representative European countries: Hungary, Romania, Spain, Sweden and UK. The data affords a unique look into the phenomenon of social enterprise across Europe and over time. Social enterprises have proven to be much more active in launching new services or products in comparison to regular enterprises. This makes them a remarkably rich source of insight for sustainable/socially engaged innovation in Europe.
Furthermore, in collaboration with IMEC and TELENET, we have pilot-tested practical methods through which social enterprises can inspire mainstream businesses to effectively and sustainably contribute to the realization of the EU's Strategy 2020.
This conference will be live-streamed for the over 600 social entrepreneurs that participated in this research initiative.
Achievements in numbers
- 550 social entrepreneurs analyzed over a 2-year period drawing from a unique panel dataset that we constructed
- 5 EU member states (Hungary, Romania, Spain, UK and Sweden) analyzed with an in-depth understanding of social entrepreneurship landscape in each of these countries
- 2 action-research experiments implemented, where where we pilot-tested ways to link the intelligence of social enterprises with a real-world innovation challenge advanced by a partnering business (Telenet and IMEC)
- 2 lab experiments which we ran at the Max Planck Institute in Jena aimed to better understand the influence that organizational culture and personality has on productivity in contests
Download the Conference Program here.