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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What are the Challenges and Opportunities for Growth in Social Entrpreneurship?

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Session Description

Key questions that will be discussed include: Is growth a good thing? How big can a social enterprise grow? What are the implications of growth? What models of growth work and where? Research from the UK, Europe, Latin America and the USA will draw on new insights into the nature of growth and replication in social entrepreneurship.

When | Where

15:30 - 17:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Alex Nicholls Speaker
    Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Professor Alex Nicholls MBA is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts; social investment; and Fair Trade. To date Nicholls has published more than eighty papers, working papers, book chapters and articles and six books. Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including five papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals (with two others under review and resubmit). His 2009 paper on social investment won the Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship) at the British Academy of Management. In 2010, Nicholls edited a Special Edition of Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice on social entrepreneurship – the first time a top tier management journal had recognized the topic in this way. He is the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers series and the Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Nicholls is also the co-author of a major research book on Fair Trade (with Charlotte Opal, Sage, 2005) and the editor of a collection of key papers on social entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, 2006, 2008). Both represent the best selling and most cited academic books on their subjects in the world. In 2011, Nicholls published a co-edited volume on social innovation – the first scholarly book on the subject. In 2016, he published the first academic book on social finance and a second collection on social innovation. In 2018 he will publish a new book - Creating Economic Space For Social Innovation.
  • Professor of Management, Bocconi University
    Francesco Perrini is professor of management and CSR at the Institute of Strategy, Department of Management and Technology, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy. He is also SIF chair of Social Entrepreneurship and senior professor of corporate finance at the Corporate and Real Estate Finance Department, SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is director of the Center of Università Bocconi for Research on Sustainability and Value (CReSV) head of Bocconi CSR Unit, Department of Management and Technology, Università Bocconi, and coordinator of CSR Activities Group at SDA Bocconi. His research areas are management of corporate development processes, from strategy implementation (acquisitions and strategic alliances) to financial strategies and valuation; small-and medium-sized enterprises; and social issues in management: corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and socially responsible investing.
  • Gregory Dees Speaker
    Professor, Duke University
    J. Gregory Dees is Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and cofounder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education. He has published extensively on social entrepreneurship, and previously taught at the Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He has also worked on economic development in the Central Appalachian region of the United States, and served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
  • Associate Professor and Coordinator, Andes University SEKN
    Roberto Gutiérrez chairs the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN), an alliance of 10 universities throughout Ibero America, and directs the Social Enterprise Initiative in the School of Administration at the Universidad de los Andes where he is an Associate Professor. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and, in 2000, an Academic Excellence Award from the school for his research and teaching. He has published articles about alliances, social enterprises, education, and development in popular media and academic journals —among them the American Sociological Review, the Review of Educational Research, the Journal of Management Education, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Recently he was co-editor of the book Effective Management in Social Enterprise: Lessons from Business and Civil Society Organizations in Ibero America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006).