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IRENE I SEE research network
Research focus on social enterprises
IRENE I SEE explores issues around social economic empowerment based on concrete examples in the areas of economics and political science, sociology, and urban studies. Within the network, the research of six doctoral students at different universities is supported and supervised.
Social enterprises under the microscope
The School of Business and Economics (SoBE) prepares leaders to strengthen corporate performance and international business in Ethiopia. At SoBE, students learn to develop business plans, use resources and organize processes as well as to motivate and manage employees and control and improve business processes. Adama University aims to be one of the top business schools in the country and among the leading business schools in the world.
Research project “Transaction Costs and Performance in Development Aid. A Case Study on Rural Electrification in Africa with special Focus on Social Businesses”
In his research work, Fikru Arja examines whether social enterprises in the field of rural electrification can minimize transaction costs, which are considered as a central cause for the ineffectiveness and inefficiency of traditional development aid.
His research is based on the notion that development aid is orchestrated by donors and its agents in developing countries. As such, the aid contributes little to the poor for whom it is intended. Social enterprises in the field of development aid appear to be a promising alternative to traditional approaches to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the poor. As part of his research, Arja plans to study whether social enterprises could minimize transaction costs (in light of opportunism, bounded rationality and resource constraints), which are considered as a central cause for ineffectiveness and inefficiency of development aid. He aims to test hypothesis by collecting empirical evidence in the field of rural electrification in Ethiopia. New institutional economics, new sociological institutionalism, and behavioral economics form the theoretical basis of Arja’s research.
Fikru Arja is currently working as lecturer in the School of Business Administration at Adama University in Ethiopia. He received a B.Tech degree (mechanical) from Adama University in Ethiopia and a MBA from Aligarh Muslim University in India. During the last three years of his teaching assignment, he held lectures and prepared modules for courses on topics such as organizational behaviour, business policy and strategy, business research methods, and strategic marketing management. Besides teaching activities, he designed and offered training on public-private partnerships (PPP) and customer relationship management (CRM) for local municipal authorities. His research interests include strategy for small businesses, financing small businesses for growth, visions and success. Besides teaching activities, he has organized community development projects that promote self-reliance and economic independence for youths. He also took a short-term assignment to head the Department of Business Administration at Adama University.
Peer Ederer is a scientific entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial scientist. As a scientist, he researches, publishes and teaches on the link between human capital formation, economic growth and innovation. As an entrepreneur, he seeks financing solutions for energy plants in Africa. He has been a member of the Zeppelin University faculty at Seemooser Horn from the very beginning, having taught innovation management and headed the Entreneurship Clinic for student startups as well as the Innovation & Growth Academy, which was the first executive teaching format at the university. His students engage in global growth dynamics around the world: Cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, Mumbai, Saigon, Jakarta and Addis Ababa are part of the agenda as are Pantanal, the Himalyas, and the African savanna. At Zeppelin University, Prof. Ederer heads the HUGIN Center for Human Capital, Growth and Innovation, which coordinates the EU-funded LLLight’in’Europe research project with more than 30 researchers worldwide. The HUGIN Center aims to serve as an important platform for the European discussion about learning, knowledge, growth and prosperity.