About the Colloquium

As Mair and Marti' (2006) state in their article "Social entrepreneurship research: A source for explanation, prediction and delight" the field of social entrepreneurship holds great promise. Their article provides one of the more thorough reviews of interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship. More importantly, they established a conceptual foundation of social entrepreneurship from which they hoped a field of social entrepreneurship research would emerge. There is little doubt social entrepreneurship scholarship has accelerated since 2006; however several scholars have observed much of what has been produced simply adds to the pre-existing conceptualization discussions (Dacin, Dacin & Tracey, 2011). Stated more firmly, despite the increase in volume of social entrepreneurship research the value of that research is still undetermined. In order for the field to achieve the promise hoped for by Mair and Marti', a more rigorous approach is needed.

The allure of entrepreneurial behavior as a means to resolve social ills has long been the foundation for social entrepreneurship. Cutting across sector, culture and country boundaries, social entrepreneurship offers the potential solution to "wicked" problems. It is this potential, coupled with a growing number of "hero" stories that continues to fuel practitioner and academic interest in this elusive concept. To add much needed specificity and remedy the gap in systemic empirical inquiry, we are soliciting participation from social entrepreneurial researchers looking to increase the value of that research through rigorous empirical inquiry.

The Social Entrepreneurship Colloquium, scheduled for May 20th and 21st 2014, will host a collection of accomplished scholars in the field of social entrepreneurship. During the day and a half session scholars will engage in a mix of large plenary discussions and more specialized work groups around specific areas of social entrepreneurship. This unique format will enable the group to explore social entrepreneurship from the nonprofit, for-profit and government perspectives. Participation will be specifically sought on the following topics:

  • Understanding the impact of institutions on social entrepreneurship
  • Assessing the financial and social value impact of entrepreneurship
  • Understanding how governance systems support, confuse or hinder social entrepreneurs
  • Understanding the impact of social entrepreneurship in multiple sectors
  • Understanding the antecedents to entrepreneurial decision making
  • Understanding how social entrepreneurship is being carried out in different nations

A list of accepted authors and papers is included here.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
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Kansas City, MO 64110

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