Scandinavian Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship

Organised by Gurli Jakobsen and Kai Hockerts, Center for Corporate Values and Responsibility

Fredag, 19 maj, 2006 - 14:00 to Lørdag, 20 maj, 2006 - 18:00

‘Social entrepreneurship’ has gained popularity among practitioners, academics, and policy makers, due to its promise of solving social problems through innovative approaches. Its scope covers areas as disparate as regional development, privatized social services, cooperative studies, philanthropy, and social purpose business venturing. While social entrepreneurship research is strong in the Anglo-Saxon context it has only recently found echo in Continental Europe. With this workshop we aim to bring together academics from Scandinavia and thus establish a Nordic research platform for Social Entrepreneurship. The event, however, is open for contributions from non-Scandinavian academics as well as practitioners.

The workshop wants to highlight how Social Entrepreneurship is defined and applied in different academic disciplines. Therefore we present a very general definition of the concept. In general terms we see social entrepreneurship as the process of using entrepreneurial and business skills to create innovative approaches to dealing with social problems. We think that it is important to meet across the specific disciplines and institutions, and invite both researchers and practitioners to participate in this workshop. We aim to discuss the following questions:

  • How is the concept of social entrepreneurship defined?

  • What is its contribution to existing research fields?

  • What theoretical perspectives can be taken, and in what context?

  • What methodologies are applied?

  • What is the utility for policy and for practitioners?

Form of workshop

The workshop will be organized in parallel with the annual meeting of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Cooperatives (Föreningen for Kooperativa Studier). Apart from the general assembly (Friday morning) the event is open for members as well as non-members of the Association. The workshop will be organized with a combination of invited key note speakers and papers selected after a peer review. 

Workshop language: English

Call for papers

We welcome papers both already published as well as new ones. New ones we will arrange for peer refereeing. Deadline for paper: April 27, 2006. Confirmation of registration will be given, and final program will be circulated by May 9. Please feel free to forward this call for papers.

Submitted papers


We aim at a meeting with researchers and interested practitioners from Northern Europe. The primary focus is on participants from Scandinavia, Baltics, and Germany. However, we welcome scholars from the rest of Europe. We expect a group of 25-30 people maximum.

Participant fee: 400 kr. (Includes lunch and refreshments Friday and Saturday)

Please see below file for full invitation including registration details and workshop programme

Sidst opdateret: Communications // 12/10/2012