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Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Ecosystems for Inclusion in Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Mario Biggeri, Enrico Testi, Marco Bellucci, Roel During, H. Thomas R. Persson


214 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This book provides comprehensive and advanced analysis of the characteristics of social entrepreneurship in Europe. It offers innovative, up-todate research on the ecosystems of social entrepreneurship, the behavior of social entrepreneurs, their ability to produce social innovation, social capital and social inclusion, and the role of stakeholders in fostering socially oriented businesses. Moreover, it addresses the diversity of the European social enterprise sector from an evolutionary perspective, with particular reference to the rise of social entrepreneurship and the role of new-generation social entrepreneurs throughout Europe. Multidisciplinary contributions authored by experts from business and accounting, economics, and sociology serve the purpose of delivering a holistic study of social entrepreneurship, also providing the necessary data for delivering policy implications on the features of the most effective enabling social and institutional ecosystems.

The broad approach, based on different theoretical frameworks and methodologies across numerous disciplines, enables the authors to tackle all of the complex research issues connected to social entrepreneurship in the region. The book builds on the results of the European Union 7FP (European Union’s Research and Innovation funding program for 2007–013)-funded “EFESEIIS – Enabling the flourishing and evolution of social entrepreneurship for innovative and inclusive societies” research project.

The central theme of the book is an evolutionary perspective on the dynamics and the rise of the social enterprise in Europe. This evolutionary perspective can be used in an economic as well as a social longitudinal analysis of changing contexts and entrepreneurial practices. The evolutionary perspective will be used as a tool to account for the specificity of developmental pathways in different contexts and countries.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Contributors’ Biographies

Chapter 1 - An introduction to social entrepreneurship in Europe.

Enrico Testi, Mario Biggeri, Marco Bellucci, Roel During, H. Thomas R. Persson

Chapter 2 - Research background, theoretical frameworks and methodologies for social entrepreneurship

Roel During, H. Thomas R. Persson, Mario Biggeri, Enrico Testi, Marco Bellucci

Chapter 3 - The rise of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in Western Europe

Simone Baglioni, Didier Chabanet, H. Thomas R. Persson

Chapter 4 - The diversity of European social enterprises: an evolutionary perspective

Roel During and Rosalie van Dam

Chapter 5 - Emerging managerial aspects of social entrepreneurship in Europe

Marco Bellucci, Enrico Testi, Serena Franchi, Mario Biggeri

Chapter 6 - Are decision makers in Social Enterprises more pro-social than their peers? An analysis of production and consumption choices

Enrico Testi, Mario Biggeri, Domenico Colucci, Nicola Doni, Vincenzo Valori

Chapter 7 - Social capital in social economy

Agata Zabłocka, Ryszard Praszkier, Marta Kacprzyk-Murawska, Ewa Petrushak

Chapter 8 - The role of stakeholder networks in shaping the development of social enterprise ecosystems

Richard Hazenberg, Meanu Bajwa-Patel, Toa Giroletti

Chapter 9 - Understanding the Innovative Behavior of Social Enterprises

Ana Aleksić Mirić, Marina Petrović, Zorica Čeliković

Chapter 10 - Social innovation in niches

Christina Grabbe, Katharina Obuch, Annette Zimmer

Chapter 11 - The in-between space of new generation social enterprises

Mara Benadusi, Rosario Sapienza

Chapter 12 - A framework to understand enabling ecosystems for Social Enterprises

Mario Biggeri, Enrico Testi, Andrea Ferrannini

Chapter 13 - Concluding remarks on social entrepreneurship in Europe

H. Thomas R. Persson, Mario Biggeri, Enrico Testi, Marco Bellucci, Roel During


About the Editors

Mario Biggeri is Associate Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics and Management of University of Florence, and Scientific Director of ARCO (Action Research for CO-development) research center, Italy.

Enrico Testi did his PhD in Economics at the University of Florence on Enabling Eco-systems for Social Enterprises. Since 2009, he has been the executive director of ARCO (Action Research for CO-development) research centre, Italy. Since 2011, he has been director of the Yunus Social Business Centre at the University of Florence.

Marco Bellucci is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Accounting at the University of Florence, Italy. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting, third-sector organizations, and social enterprises.

Roel During is coordinator of the Social Innovation for Value Creation Programme of Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands. Although educated as a biologist, much of his work is dedicated to social and governance studies.

H. Thomas R. Persson is Associate Professor at the Department of Work Science and the Director of the Research Platform of Business Collaboration of Kristianstad University, Sweden. His research interests include governance, social responsibility, and social enterprises.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Money & Monetary Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Research & Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies