International research project SEFORÏS has surveyed over 1000 directors of social enterprises
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) is one of the 10 research institutes participating in the SEFORÏS project which aims to better understand the role that social enterprises play in Europe and beyond in the development and evolution of inclusive and innovative societies.
Researchers from SEFORÏS project have surveyed over 1 000 social enterprises across Sweden, EU, Russia and China to understand how business are creating significant societal value in a market-oriented way. The survey will provide SEFORÏS team with a unique dataset that will help to better understand how social enterprises are governed, how they finance their activities, how they manage innovation process and how social enterprises foster societal change and scale their impact.
We are very proud to announce this important research milestone for SEFORÏS. 2016, therefore, looks hugely promising. I very much look forward to working with all of you, to help ensure that we make a big, positive impact on the research frontiers, as well as on actual social entrepreneurship and the ecosystems social enterprises rely on.
Marieke Huysentruyt, principal investigator and member of the SEFORÏS Academic Advisory Board and co-founder of Oksigen Lab
Critical to the success of the survey was integrating the issue of context - how formal and informal institutions, social capital environment and resources affect social enterprise performance and vice versa. In conjunction with the analysis of governance, impact, financing and innovation, this should allow SEFORÏS project team to develop thoughtful insights for new policy geared toward social entrepreneurs and social innovation.
SEFORÏS project began in January 2014 and will run until the end of April 2017. During the project various research and working papers on key processes within social enterprises including the organisation and governance, financing, innovation and behavioural change, and investigation of the formal and informal institutional context will be carried out. SITE is mainly responsible for developing a novel framework of financing modes and models for social entrepreneurs, gathering evidence on the specifics of funding for social entrepreneurs and developing deep cases on social entrepreneurship examining the financing forms. Research publications regarding financing of social entrepreneurship will be published on SITE's website.
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More information about SEFORÏS project is available below.