Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship (S-ENT) Research Cluster within the CBS Entrepreneurship Platform seeks to enhance collaborative and interdisciplinary research in S-ENT related areas, drawing on expertise from across departments at CBS.

The central aim for the cluster is to develop a core group of committed CBS researchers, facilitating interdisciplinary S-ENT related research across the whole of CBS, and enhancing the impact of S-ENT research at CBS. The intention is also to attract external funding through joint research proposals. The cluster organized 2 workshops in 2014 in the field of S-ENT with the participation of international scholars outside the CBS and speakers from businesses, NGOs, and governments. At the moment, plans are to expand the educational offers as well as the research in this field, built on what has already been achieved though the S-ENT Research Cluster. 

Cluster leader: professor, Kai Hockerts

Social Entrepreneurship Researchers at CBS - our Social Entrepreneurship Faculty:
Professor Ester Barinaga (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/ebmpp)
Professor Anker Lund Brink (www.cbs.dk/staff/abldbp)
Professor Daniel Hjorth (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/dhmpp)
Professor Kai Hockerts (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/khoikl)
Professor Robin Holt (http://www.cbs.dk/en/staff/rhmpp)
Professor Miriam van Praag (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/mvpino)
Professor Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/erpikl)
Associate Professor Thilde Langevang (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/tlikl
Associate Professor Sudhanshu Rai (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/sraikl)
Assistant Professor Maria Figueroa (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/mfdbp)
Assistant Professor Florence Villeseche (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/fvint)
PhD Fellow Anirudh Agrawal (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/aggikl)
PhD Fellow Linus Älverbrandt (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/lin.dbp)
PhD Fellow Anne Sofie Fischer (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/asfmpp)
PhD Fellow Kristjan Jespersen (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/kjeikl)
PhD Fellow Dimitra Makri Andersen (www.cbs.dk/staff/dmadbp)
PhD Fellow Catarina Pessanha Gomes (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/cpgikl)
Research Assistant Ahmad Hassan
External Lecturer Gurli Jakobsen (http://www.cbs.dk/en/staff/gjikl)

Former social social entrepreneurship researchers at CBS

Professor Eva Boxenbaum (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/ebioa)
Professor Robert Austin (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/rampp)
PhD Fellow Linus Älverbrandt (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/lin.dbp)
Director of PRME Secretariat Martiina Miira Matharu Srkoc (www.cbs.dk/en/staff/mmmsedu)

Social Entrepreneurship Courses at CBS:

Social entrepreneurship is an integral part of core courses and electives at both the Bachelor and Master level. In addition, since 2014 CBS offers the 1st global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on social entrepreneurship. 

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (Elective Bachelor) Gurli Jakobsen 

Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Social Change Using the Power of Entrepreneurship (Elective Master) Kai Hockerts

Social Entrepreneurship (MOOC) Kai Hockerts 

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Mandatory Master) Ester Barinaga

Re-imagining capitalism (Elective Master) Ester Barinaga

Tourism Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (Mandatory Bachelor) Florence Villeseche (INT)

Sustainability Challenges 1: Multi-disciplinary Approaches (Elective Master) Maria Figueroa 

Sustainability Challenges 2: Specific Systems and Capstone Project (Elective Master) Maria Figueroa 
Brown Bags organised by the Social Entrepreneurship Cluster:

20th  of February 2017: Eva Alexandra Schmitz (Paderborn University) “The Cognitive Black Box in Social Entrepreneurship”
8th of February 2017: Alexandra Mittermaier (Technical University of Munich) “Social Ventures, Terrorist Attacks, and the Well-Being of Refugees”
2nd of November 2016: Marianne de Beer (Utrecht University) “Social Entrepreneurship In Residential Neighbourhoods”


8th of March 2016: Kajsa Ahlgren and Jessica Lagerstedt Wadin (Lund University) "Business Model Development in Changing Business Environments"

26th of November 2015: Catarina Pessanha Gomes "Emancipating Research on Social Entrepreneurship"

29th of October 2015: Kai Hockerts "The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship Education on the Antecedents of Social Entrepreneurship Intentions"


Research Projects :

Researchers from various departments across CBS are working on topics related to social entrepreneurship. The outlined research profiles illustrate some cross-departmental efforts aimed at facilitating and supporting research in the area of social entrepreneurship. 


Timebanking and community inclusion of refugees and migrants: Knowledge exchange and best practices with a focus on gender equality and employability
(currently on-going) (contact person: Ester Barinaga)

Ester Barinaga (CBS) & Andreu Honzawa (Associació Districte 11, Barcelona), Time-frame: September 2017-July 2018.

The background to this research project is the unparalleled growth in international migration and the recent European “refugee crisis”. This has led to increased concerns for the integration of migrants into their host societies. Our research project aims to examine both challenges and opportunities created by novel grass-roots economic initiatives such as time-banks to support community and labour market integration of refugees and other immigrants. The research will be conducted within a practice-based approach to organising.

These questions will be investigated through comparative case studies of timebanking schemes in London, Ghent, Rivas-vaciamadrid (Madrid province) and Berguedà (Barcelona province). The ambition is twofold: 1. To address the practical challenges faced by efforts to integrate vulnerable migrant populations and develop more inclusive cities; 2. To contribute to theoretical development at the intersection between urban, monetary and social innovation studies.


Organising labour market integration of immigrants – theory and practice
(currently on-going) (contact person: Ester Barinaga)

A 3 years research program (2017-2019) funded by Forte: Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Health. The title of the research program: “Organizing labour market integration of immigrant: theory and practice” led by Barbara Czarniawska (GRI) and together with Andreas Diedrich (GU), María José Zapata Campos (GU), Nanna Gilbert (GU), Vedran Omanovic (GU), Patrik Zapata (GU), and Henrietta Palmer (Chalmers University).

The starting point of this multi-disciplinary research programme is the vertiginous growth in international migration and the recent “refugee crisis” in Europe, as well as the ever-present questions of social and economic integration of recent refugees and other immigrants. The programme aims to examine the challenges and opportunities created by novel initiatives that aim to support labour market integration of refugees and other immigrants who have been granted residency in Sweden – including the problems of coordination and organisation between the plethora of initiatives. The research will be conducted within a practice-based approach to organising (Gherardi & Nicolini, 2002; Nicolini, 2012) and aims to produce novel knowledge to facilitate the establishment of more sustainable processes and practices for integrating refugees and other immigrants in the labour market. It thereby seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the present debate on the efficacy and sustainability of the integration of immigrants in the labour market.

Ester Barinaga´s contribution to the research program will be, together with María Zapata (former Associate Professor at IOA/CBS), to look at initiatives driven by the civil society sector, to facilitate inclusive cities.


Smart City Urban Challenge
(currently on-going) (Contact Person: Maria Figueroa)

Time Frame: August-September 2017 and 2018

This is an academic activity that involves co-production and participation of a range of stakeholders evaluating and taking stock of implementation of smart city approaches for sustainability. During the three week arranged intensive course, stakeholders will be sharing how they are collecting and analyzing data from the physical environments and inhabitants, and share their findings for ways of improving sustainability and people’s everyday lives. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a key issue for smart city approaches. In 2017 this effort will critically explore the smart city approaches in two cities Helsinki-Copenhagen, particularly studying the convergence of sector approaches with examples in transport, buildings and street illumination. The end product of this effort will be a cross examination and co-productive interaction between students, participating faculty on the one side and the variety of stakeholders participating with direct inputs into their projects.


Community Currencies for the integration of migrants
(planned, currently looking for funds to this research project) (contact person: Ester Barinaga)

Together with Anders Ögren (Lund Universitet) and Malin Olander (Lund Tekniska Högskolan).
The research project aims to study how the rationality and practices guiding community currencies in Europe can be adapted to the migratory challenges Swedish cities face today. Three questions guide our research:

1.       What rationalities and practices guide community currencies aiming to overcome social fragmentation and feelings of exclusion around the world? 

2.       What is the impact of these practices and rationalities on individual’s sense of worth, communities’ economic strength, and cohesion across social groups? 

3.       How can community currency schemes be designed to facilitate the integration of migrants into our cities? Focus will be set on how community currencies provide access to social and economic nets, labor markets, etc. 

These will be investigated through methodologies inspired by action research. More particularly, after a first phase in which we will conduct historical and comparative research on community currency schemes implemented to facilitate the integration of migrants in various European cities, we will engage actively in the design and implementation of two community currencies, one in Malmö and another in Järva (Stockholm). In this doing, the ambition is twofold: 1.To address the practical challenges faced by efforts to integrate vulnerable migrant populations; 2.To contribute to theoretical development at the intersection between monetary, urban and social innovation studies.


CONETSienv: Collaborating Research Network on Social Innovation for Environmental Sustainability
(planned expected for 12 months – during 2018) (contact person: Maria Figueroa)

Funding seed money from the Danish Ministry of Higher education has been applied to create a Network between three Universities opening a great opportunity for combining research and education. The three Universities are Copenhagen Business School, The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and the University of Johannesburg, each of which have been developing a strong research in the area of social innovation particularly in areas like information technologies which are increasingly becoming critical as enabling tools for social innovation; also linking social innovation and the informal sector and finally on the motivations of civic engagement in a variety of societal approaches that give legitimacy to work of social innovation. This network will expand the existing seminal collaborating network between CBS and the newly Pufendorf Group on Social Innovation at Lund University that also received in 2017 funding for a year operation.


Incubation for Public Innovation
(finished) (Contact Person: Daniel Hjort)

The purpose of this research is to figure out whether public innovation incubators are needed, and in that case what they should look like. CBS has done this research together with Krinova Science Park and Incubator, and Lund University. The publication can be found here


ITSSOINImpact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation 
(finished in February 2017) (Contact person: Maria Figueroa)

ITSSOIN is a project that focused on narrowing down Third Sector impact to one priority aspect: social innovation – understood as the capacity of non-profit organizations to generate novel ideas, ways and means of doing things, of addressing public and social problems of many kinds. The project investigated the nexus between the Third Sector and social innovation, helping to develop an understanding of why and how the sector is central to functioning, cohesive and viable societies. CBS took the lead to investigate how specifically social innovation in environmental sustainability led by nonprofits and civic engagement have enabled, meaning initiated or driven, the consolidation of particular environmental solutions and innovation.


Visiting social entrepreneurship scholars:
Alexandra Mittermaier (Technical University of Munich, Germany), spring semester 2017
Eva Alexandra Schmitz (Universität Paderborn, Germany), spring semester 2017
Camille Meyer (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium), spring semester 2017

Marianne de Beer (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), fall semester 2016



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