Social Enterprise Journal Special Issue

Call for papers: Promoting Vibrant Social Enterprise in Southeast Asia

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Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have gained international recognition as a way to address socioeconomic inequalities and to create and sustain social wealth. They are interconnectedly viewed as market oriented means to solve intractable problems (Huybrechts & Nicholls 2012). Despite some substantive geographical convergences, strategies, practices and ethos are often situated in place and culturally configured (Amin 2009; Defourny & Nyssens 2010; Kerlin 2010).

Barring a small amount of region-wide analysis (Dacanay 2009; Santos et al. 2009), social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in Southeast Asia remains understudied, both in comparison to minority world countries and also certain majority world ones, most notably Bangladesh, that garner more attention. This special issue stems from a forthcoming conference – ‘Promoting Social Vibrant Social Entrepreneurship’ – convened by Social Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia (SESA) network that strives to more fully explore the potentiality of social enterprise and entrepreneurship in this region of the world. We invite papers to be submitted in accordance with our conference track themes as follows:

  • Theoretical models of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social enterprise;
  • Strategies for social inclusion via social enterprise and social entrepreneurship;
  • Impact measurement and scaling impact in the social entrepreneurship and social innovation spaces;
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation education programs;
  • Sustainability, governance and responsiveness of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises;
  • Cross-sectoral alliances and strategic collaboration to promote support for social entrepreneurship;
  • Use of technologies in social entrepreneurship practice;

Articles considered for the special edition will be developed purely out of papers presented at the forthcoming conference – Promoting Vibrant Social Enterprise – taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from the 22nd-24th May 2017. Conference details can be found at https://sesanetwork.com/. The deadline for conference abstracts is the 31st March 2017. The deadline for submission of fully developed papers for the special edition is 1st December 2017. For further information about the call for conference abstracts and papers for the special edition please contact Dr. Hieu Ngo by email: hngo@ucalgary.ca

Details about the track themes:

Theoretical models of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social enterprise: Including management and organization studies, what insights might be drawn for instance from political science, sociology, economic sociology, social work, or economic geography to help our understanding of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social enterprise in Southeast Asia? How have theoretical models been grounded in practice and responded to social, cultural, economic and political realities in the country and/or region? How do such insights help our understanding from a complex systems point of view? How can models be communicated in ways that are useful to policy makers, development practitioners, educators and community members?

Strategies for social inclusion via social enterprise and social entrepreneurship: We are interested in papers addressing economic initiatives to integrate street children, vulnerable women and people living with disabilities (among other disadvantaged groups) into society. We are also interested in initiatives promoting opportunities for female entrepreneurs. Papers on inclusive tourism are welcome, as are theoretical contributions from a capabilities perspective along with contributions integrating human resource analysis into the balance between enterprises’ productivity and their social inclusiveness.

Impact measurement and scaling impact in the social entrepreneurship and social innovation spaces: To what extent are markets the main means by which scale and impact is achieved by social enterprise in Southeast Asia? What possibilities lie beyond the markets, through civil society or engagement with government policy? What is the utility of impact metrics such as Social Return of Investment in this region of the world? Do metrics help improve the scale of impact and if so how? What areas of organizational capacity are particularly critical to the process of ‘scaling’ social enterprise and entrepreneurship? We welcome critically engaged research which employs qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods.

Social entrepreneurship and social innovation education programs: How can academics and deliverers of business mentoring programs transcend generic offerings by tailoring them to the needs of the social enterprise sector?  What are the challenges presented by helping grant dependent organisations make a successful transition into earned revenue strategies? (Conway 2008). What are the emerging effective practices in curriculum development and teaching strategies in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise? What are the distinctive challenges and issues entailed in teaching entrepreneurs who wish to combine social objectives and commercial ones? (Tracey & Phillips 2007). We invite papers based on education programs within the region and also internationally if they can provide insight into success factors and lessons to be learned that can be extended into education practice in Southeast Asia.

Sustainability, governance and responsiveness of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises: What are the key sustainability challenges facing social enterprises in Southeast Asia, given the widespread use of market strategies and decreasing dependency on aid? What issues does this present for the management of a double or triple bottom line and social enterprise governance? Does the concept of the bottom line stand up to closer scrutiny? When we think about sustainability, how are we to interpret ‘social value’ in a manner that is sensitive to context? What are the roles of policy development in fostering sustainability, governance and responsiveness of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise?

Cross-sectoral alliances and strategic collaboration to promote support for social entrepreneurship: While alliances and strategic cooperation has been detailed fairly well in Bangladesh, we are keen to receive papers setting out both broad and specific alliances and collaborations have developed in Southeast Asia. Who are the players and what are their goals especially in terms of a particular approach to social entrepreneurship?  Do they converge or diverge among themselves and in relation to other lesser-known collaborations? Are important voices being included or left out by strategic networks? How have alliances and strategic cooperation cultivated and promoted effective policy, practice and education and training?

Use of technologies in social entrepreneurship practice: We invite papers that critically assess the social/environmental contribution of technologies as well as the practicalities of developing them. What time frames can a payback be envisaged over and how quickly is financial sustainability plausible? Can product users be easily persuaded to part with money? What kind of marketing and financing strategies help dissemination? How can production methods also be socially inclusive and what kind of local technologies and resources can also be harnessed in the production process?