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IRENE I SEE research network

Social enterprises under the microscope

Events for strengthening the network

Conferences, seminars, and mutual visits to partner universities served to strengthen and expand the IRENE I SEE research network. "South-South Exchanges" extended the network beyond a region's own university, organizations and companies.

In addition to the exchange of ideas, a number of events further strengthened the IRENE I SEE network.

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Next to appearances at other symposia, the organization of our own conferences is also part of the research network, in order to discuss topics, connect people, exchange experiences and knowledge and to keep the network alive.

In spring 2013, the IRENE I SEE conference was held at Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and was attended by prominent representatives from the scientific, economic and political fields.

Conference in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

  • Conference 2013
    Events organized within IRENE |SEE, like the conference in 2013, serve to strengthen the network.
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  • Presentation
    The conference offered opportunities for presentations, debates and discussions about social entrepreneurship in the Global South.
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  • Prof. Jansen
    Prof. Jansen presents the work of IRENE I SEE.
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  • Discussions during the lunch break
    Stimulating conversations continued into the lunch break.
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  • Making contacts
    Contacts were made in the spirit of the international IRENE | SEE network …
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  • Sharing experiences
    …and experiences were shared.
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Siemens Stiftung, Zeppelin University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center together hosted the conference “Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid” on March 12, 2013. More than 100 researchers, policymakers, and people in the field of social entrepreneurship participated in the event. The aim of the conference was to examine social entrepreneurship in the Global South and, in particular, its role in the implementation of development goals and the economic empowerment of people at the bottom of the income pyramid, and to advance the dialog about innovative, alternative solutions for the most pressing problems facing the world. The conference focused on the following aspects:

  • Development aid and innovation (global): new solutions to old social problems
  • Financing social enterprises (meso): examining the size, complexity, and impact of the form of financing on the success of social enterprises
  • Context and empowerment (local): examining the political, social and economic context of countries
Approach

Three panels focused on the following topics: creation, structure, and development of social enterprises in developing countries, social entrepreneurship as a competitive or complementary component of development aid, and possibilities of social entrepreneurship for social and economic empowerment. Researchers and practitioners discussed the theoretical background of this approach and its practical applications in developing and emerging countries. The dialog created a deeper understanding of the complexity and potential role of social enterprises in the Global South.

Three panels focused on the following topics: creation, structure, and development of social enterprises in developing countries, social entrepreneurship as a competitive or complementary component of development aid, and possibilities of social entrepreneurship for social and economic empowerment. Researchers and practitioners discussed the theoretical background of this approach and its practical applications in developing and emerging countries. The dialog created a deeper understanding of the complexity and potential role of social enterprises in the Global South.

Result

At the end of the conference, Blair Ruble, director of the program “Global Sustainability and Resilience” at the Woodrow Wilson Center summarized the results, stressing how small changes can produce hope. Partnerships and research, he stressed, are crucial as they reflect the primary characteristics of social enterprises and hybrid organizations. To that end, Ruble called on all forward and out-of-box thinkers, in the spirit of a shared identity, to seize existing opportunities to create a prosperous future.

At the end of the conference, Blair Ruble, director of the program “Global Sustainability and Resilience” at the Woodrow Wilson Center summarized the results, stressing how small changes can produce hope. Partnerships and research, he stressed, are crucial as they reflect the primary characteristics of social enterprises and hybrid organizations. To that end, Ruble called on all forward and out-of-box thinkers, in the spirit of a shared identity, to seize existing opportunities to create a prosperous future.

Outlook

The final conference in the fall of 2014 will be hosted together with members and partners of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) of Siemens Stiftung. A possible conference topic is: Do capitalism and social entrepreneurship exclude each other?

The final conference in the fall of 2014 will be hosted together with members and partners of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) of Siemens Stiftung. A possible conference topic is: Do capitalism and social entrepreneurship exclude each other?

Presentations by IRENE | SEE Ph.D. students at conferences

IRENE I SEE Ph.D. students are invited to diverse conferences, to present and discuss their research topics, which they develop in the context of our research network.

You can find a selection of different conferences where our IRENE I SEE Ph.D. students presented their research here:

Alfred Mthimkhulu
  • Do credit guarantee schemes address credit market failures for small businesses? Evidence from South Africa at African Development Finance Policy Workshop, August 7-8, 2012, USB, Cape Town
  • What impedes micro, small and medium firms' growth the most in South Africa? Evidence from Enterprise Surveys at 10th Development Dialogue: Knowledges for Equality and Social Justice, October 8-9, 2012, Institute  of  Social Studies, The Hague

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  • Growth determinants for small and medium firms in South Africa at Social Science for Development Conference, October 30-31, 2013, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  • What characterizes high-growth firms in South Africa?, 23rd EDAMBA Summer Research Academy, European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), July 21-25, 2014, Athens

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  • Do credit guarantee schemes address credit market failures for small businesses? Evidence from South Africa at African Development Finance Policy Workshop, August 7-8, 2012, USB, Cape Town
  • What impedes micro, small and medium firms' growth the most in South Africa? Evidence from Enterprise Surveys at 10th Development Dialogue: Knowledges for Equality and Social Justice, October 8-9, 2012, Institute  of  Social Studies, The Hague

Website

  • Growth determinants for small and medium firms in South Africa at Social Science for Development Conference, October 30-31, 2013, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Website

  • What characterizes high-growth firms in South Africa?, 23rd EDAMBA Summer Research Academy, European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), July 21-25, 2014, Athens

Website

Aline Wachner
  • At the annual conference of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in New York IRENE | SEE member Aline Wachner provides first results of a study about social enterprises and social investors in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa carried out over the last 1,5 years.

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  • The Accountability of Market Oriented Development Organizations at International Society of Third Sector Research in Siena, July 2012

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  • Empowerment Through Market-Orientation at oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2012 in Nairobi, August 2012

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  • Understanding Institutional Entrepreneurship at an Organizational Field's Periphery: Incremental Adaptation as a Strategy, with Tim Weiss, Bodensee Forum, Bad Reichenau, June 2013
  • Between Resource Accumulation and Organizational Legitimacy: Understanding Hybrid Value Creating Strategies at the Base of the Pyramid at Social Entrepreneurship Colloquium in Oxford, July 2013

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  • The Art of Balancing Tensions: Social Enterprises' Strategies at the Base of the Pyramid, CIDG meets ep.A finalists - Empowering People Workshop October, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Key note speech on the role of social enterprises and social franchising in healthcare for poor sections of society in East Africa, East African Healthcare Federation Conference, March 2-4, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • At the annual conference of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in New York IRENE | SEE member Aline Wachner provides first results of a study about social enterprises and social investors in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa carried out over the last 1,5 years.

Website

  • The Accountability of Market Oriented Development Organizations at International Society of Third Sector Research in Siena, July 2012

Website

  • Empowerment Through Market-Orientation at oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2012 in Nairobi, August 2012

Website

  • Understanding Institutional Entrepreneurship at an Organizational Field's Periphery: Incremental Adaptation as a Strategy, with Tim Weiss, Bodensee Forum, Bad Reichenau, June 2013
  • Between Resource Accumulation and Organizational Legitimacy: Understanding Hybrid Value Creating Strategies at the Base of the Pyramid at Social Entrepreneurship Colloquium in Oxford, July 2013

Website

  • The Art of Balancing Tensions: Social Enterprises' Strategies at the Base of the Pyramid, CIDG meets ep.A finalists - Empowering People Workshop October, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Key note speech on the role of social enterprises and social franchising in healthcare for poor sections of society in East Africa, East African Healthcare Federation Conference, March 2-4, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

Website

Fikru Arja
  • Effectiveness of Social Enterprises: The Effect of Institutional Environment at JER Seminar, Jena Graduate School GSBC, July 3, 2013

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  • Effectiveness of Social Enterprises: The Effect of Institutional Environment at JER Seminar, Jena Graduate School GSBC, July 3, 2013

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Julia Diaz
  • SME propensity to collaborate with Nonprofit Organizations at 1st Doctoral Colloquium of the network of Colombian Academics in Administration, Bogota, April 2013
  • Doctoral Consortium, Cross-Sector Social Interactions Symposium, Sawyer Business School’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership, Suffolk University, Boston, May 2014
  • SME propensity to collaborate with Nonprofit Organizations at 1st Doctoral Colloquium of the network of Colombian Academics in Administration, Bogota, April 2013
  • Doctoral Consortium, Cross-Sector Social Interactions Symposium, Sawyer Business School’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership, Suffolk University, Boston, May 2014
Lisa Hanley
  • Meeting Basic Needs: How Social Enterprises blur boundaries between the public, private and third sectors for social and economic impact in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa, Justice and the City: (re)Examining the Past to Create the Future , Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 22-25, 2015 Houston, TX.
  • Taking the Pulse of the Social Enterprise Landscape: Insights from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa, Leaders in Sustainable Global Enterprise Lecture Series, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, October 26, 2015, Ithaca, NY.

Website

  • Conceptualizing the Social Enterprise Landscape: Insights from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. Department of City and Regional Planning International Studies in Planning Lecture, Cornell University October 26, 2015, Ithaca, NY.

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  • "Beyond the Public-Private Divide: Social Entrepreneurship and the Privatization of Public Services at Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions", Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning Joint Congress, 15. Juli 2013, University College of Dublin, Irland

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  • Public Services Under Austerity: Social Enterprise as an alternative to corporatization? accepted at the Municipal Service Projects 2014 conference, Putting Public in Public Services: Research, Action and Equity in the Global South , April 13-16, 2014  Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Meeting Basic Needs: How Social Enterprises blur boundaries between the public, private and third sectors for social and economic impact in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa, Justice and the City: (re)Examining the Past to Create the Future , Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 22-25, 2015 Houston, TX.
  • Taking the Pulse of the Social Enterprise Landscape: Insights from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa, Leaders in Sustainable Global Enterprise Lecture Series, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, October 26, 2015, Ithaca, NY.

Website

  • Conceptualizing the Social Enterprise Landscape: Insights from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. Department of City and Regional Planning International Studies in Planning Lecture, Cornell University October 26, 2015, Ithaca, NY.

Website

  • "Beyond the Public-Private Divide: Social Entrepreneurship and the Privatization of Public Services at Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions", Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning Joint Congress, 15. Juli 2013, University College of Dublin, Irland

Website

  • Public Services Under Austerity: Social Enterprise as an alternative to corporatization? accepted at the Municipal Service Projects 2014 conference, Putting Public in Public Services: Research, Action and Equity in the Global South , April 13-16, 2014  Cape Town, South Africa 
Mario Davila
  • Leveraging Low Income Farmers’ Performance through Empowerment: Analysis of a Sustainable Initiative in Mexico accepted at the 10th Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurship, New York University Stern School of Business, November 6-8, 2013 New York, NY.

Website

  • Leveraging Low Income Farmers’ Performance through Empowerment: Analysis of a Sustainable Initiative in Mexico” published in the special issue on Social Entrepreneurship  M&M Journal

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  • Leveraging Low Income Farmers’ Performance through Empowerment: Analysis of a Sustainable Initiative in Mexico accepted at the 10th Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurship, New York University Stern School of Business, November 6-8, 2013 New York, NY.

Website

  • Leveraging Low Income Farmers’ Performance through Empowerment: Analysis of a Sustainable Initiative in Mexico” published in the special issue on Social Entrepreneurship  M&M Journal

Webseite

Tim Weiss
  • Understanding Institutional Entrepreneurship at an Organizational Field's Periphery: Incremental Adaptation as a Strategy, with Aline Wachner, Bodensee Forum, Bad Reichenau, June 2013
  • "Working the rules of the game – Equity investors' strategies in Kenya”, 30th EGOS Colloquium, July 3-5, 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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  • IRENE I SEE member Tim Weiss speaks at the „Annual Strategic Management Society Conference” in Madrid about „Linking Management Practices to Institutional Change – International Financial Intermediaries in Kenya”.
    Website
  • 05.01.2016 – 07.01.2016 | David Zoogah, Tim Weiss & Shiv Tripathi | Nairobi, Strathmore University | PhD Workshop “Autochthonous management in Africa: Generating context-specific theoretical and practical contributions” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 07.01.2016| 9:00 Uhr | Tim Weiss, Benson Honig & Alex Bignotti | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Professional Development Workshop “Tools that work! The nuts and bolts of unlocking interesting phenomena in Africa” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 08.01.2016| 16:00 | Tim Weiss | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Vortrag “All dressed up and nowhere to go: Firms' moves for working within conditions of organizational scarcity” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 08.01.2016| 11:00 | Tim Weiss | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Vortrag “Globalization in Action: Templates, tensions and action repertoires in Kenyan technology entrepreneurship” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference

  • 11.01.2016| 9:00 Uhr | Tim Weiss & Bitange Ndemo | Nairobi, University of Nairobi School of Business | Workshop “Meet the Editors of the Africa Journal of Managem
  • Understanding Institutional Entrepreneurship at an Organizational Field's Periphery: Incremental Adaptation as a Strategy, with Aline Wachner, Bodensee Forum, Bad Reichenau, June 2013
  • "Working the rules of the game – Equity investors' strategies in Kenya”, 30th EGOS Colloquium, July 3-5, 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Website
  • IRENE I SEE member Tim Weiss speaks at the „Annual Strategic Management Society Conference” in Madrid about „Linking Management Practices to Institutional Change – International Financial Intermediaries in Kenya”.
    Website
  • 05.01.2016 – 07.01.2016 | David Zoogah, Tim Weiss & Shiv Tripathi | Nairobi, Strathmore University | PhD Workshop “Autochthonous management in Africa: Generating context-specific theoretical and practical contributions” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 07.01.2016| 9:00 Uhr | Tim Weiss, Benson Honig & Alex Bignotti | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Professional Development Workshop “Tools that work! The nuts and bolts of unlocking interesting phenomena in Africa” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 08.01.2016| 16:00 | Tim Weiss | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Vortrag “All dressed up and nowhere to go: Firms' moves for working within conditions of organizational scarcity” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference
  • 08.01.2016| 11:00 | Tim Weiss | Nairobi, Strathmore University | Vortrag “Globalization in Action: Templates, tensions and action repertoires in Kenyan technology entrepreneurship” at the Africa Academy of Management Conference

  • 11.01.2016| 9:00 Uhr | Tim Weiss & Bitange Ndemo | Nairobi, University of Nairobi School of Business | Workshop “Meet the Editors of the Africa Journal of Managem