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Friday, March 27, 2009

State Power And Social Innovation

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Session Description

For many social entrepreneurs governments are a crucial source of income, but also a barrier to action because of their perceived inability to innovate and change. Yet most academics, commentators, and social activists recognise that genuine systemic global change requires institutional and political entrepreneurship. This panel will explore examples of state social entrepreneurship and will consider the question: to what extent is government the best solution or the biggest problem to addressing the big, ‘wicked’ dilemmas that we face today?


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Alex Nicholls Speaker
    Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford
    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). 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 a co-edited volume on social finance (again this is the first academic collection on the subject). His next book will be a monograph on the politics of social entrepreneurship and innovation globally.
  • Project Advisor, BMA Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group
    Mahmood Bhutta is an ENT surgeon working in the UK National Health Service, and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In 2007, he was a Co-Founder of the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group at the British Medical Association. The purpose of this group is to investigate, promote and facilitate fair and ethical trade in the production and supply of commodities to the healthcare industry. For his work in this area he was awarded Young Epidemiologist of the Year by the Royal Society of Medicine in 2008.
  • Paul Light Speaker
    Professor, New York University
    Paul C. Light is Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Before joining NYU, he was Vice President and Director of Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Founding Director of its Center for Public Service. He has published extensively on American government, the presidency, nonprofit performance, and organizational excellence, and is the author of 20 books, including The Search for Social Entrepreneurship (2008). He has held teaching posts at the University of Virginia, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and director of the public policygrant program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Peter Alcock Speaker
    Director, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham
    Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has been teaching and researching in social policy for over thirty years. He is author and editor of a number of books on social policy including Social Policy in Britain 3e, Understanding Poverty 3e, The Student’s Companion to Social Policy 3e, and The Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy. Since September 2008 he has been Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre, the UK centre for academic research on third sector organisation, policy and practice.
  • Ray Loveridge Speaker
    Research Fellow / Professor Emeritus, Saïd Business School / Aston University
    Ray Loveridge Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, Professor Emeritus, Aston University, Visiting Professor at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, previously lectured at the London School of Economics, at London Business School and Head of Strategic Management and Technology Policy at Aston. Formerly on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Chief Editor of Human Relations and a trustee and council member of the Tavistock Institute. He is currently Editorial Advisor to Asian Business & Management. Recent publications include ‘Institutional Approaches to Business Strategy’ in D.O.Faulkner and A. Campbell (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Strategy, OUP, (2003, 2006); ‘Bridging internal and external networks in transitional institutional contexts’ in J.H. Dunning and Tsai-Mei Lin (eds) Multinational Enterprises and Emerging Challenges of the 21st Century, Edward Elgar (2007).