Nonprofit entrepreneurship in Istanbul

Posted: June 23, 2010 in Bubba posts

In July it is time for the 9th ISTR conference in Istanbul but unfortunately we will not be there. However, all the conference abstractsare posted online and there are several papers on entrepreneurship. Some of the more interesting papers include:

CIVIL SOCIETY, STATE CAPACITY, AND THE FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Global or Local? The Role of nonprofit entrepreneurship in developing civil society

Both papers by by Gordon Shockely and Peter Frank. Shockely and Frank usually present interesting stuff, especially since they draw a lot from the classical entrepreneurship literature. The first paper explores how government institutions and resources help scale socially entrepreneurial endeavors. The second paper discusses how nonprofit entrepreneurs both build and change institutions, Sound kind of tautological to me but I guess it is best to wait and see.

Soci(et)al Entrepreneurship – Action grounded in needs, opportunities and/or perceived necessities? By Malin Gawell

Oh, the Swedes, yet another term to keep up with, societal entrepreneurship. However, this paper seems very promising as it discusses whether entrepreneurial action is grounded in opportunities, in needs and/or necessities? And what needs/opportunities/necessities are being addressed? Still, no Sarasvathy?

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AMERICA: EFFECTS OF IDEOLOGY AND ECONOMIC CRISIS by Tamara Nezhina

Dr. Nezhina is at De Paul and this paper argue that “US does not preclude or enhance the “cooperative” type of social enterprise, the cultural bias in favor of free market ideology is not conductive to development of European type of social enterprise grounded in socialist ideology.” This reminds me of a debate I had a couple of years ago regarding what social in social entrepreneurship mean in an American and in a European context.

Societal entrepreneurship in and beyond civil society – the example of innovative youth work in Sweden by Charlotte Engel, Anders Kassman and Marie Nordfeldt

More Swedes! The key question here is whether social innovations that emanate within the civil society transferable to other spheres in society? I am not sure how new this topic really is, Drucker discusses it a long time ago. But to what extent do social innovations become disruptive innovations with impact across sectors?

All abstracts are available here.

Bubba

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