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About

Inspiring entrepreneurs, leaders, scholars, and organizations to change the system and to create and share new solutions for positive societal change.

About

Inspiring entrepreneurs, leaders, scholars, and organizations to change the system and to create and share new solutions for positive societal change.

Contemporary organizations are hard-pressed by consumers, employees, and other stakeholders to respond and adapt to the social and environmental challenges facing our society. The IMD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative convenes the latest thinking, game-changing ideas, and lessons and insights from real-world social business cases to challenge the system, share and disseminate new solutions, and help build momentum toward real social and societal change through innovation.

The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative:

Generates and publishes world-class, peer-reviewed research into the success mechanisms, collaborations, and partnerships of social entrepreneurship initiatives – changing the system for the better.

Disseminates game-changing thinking and insights to inspire and guide practitioners and agents of start-ups and established organizations.

Provides a place of convening for researchers and practitioners alike to forge new ties, connections, and networks around bringing about societal change through commerce and innovation.

Seeks to educate and train the next generation of thinkers and scholars through dedicated and expert-led academic seminars and conferences.

Our faculty publish prolifically in the world’s most prestigious academic journals, addressing the most critical issues in social entrepreneurship and capturing the learnings from new and oftentimes ‘quirky’ ventures: lessons and sources of insight that have plenty to teach every type of organization in every sector or industry.

The IMD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative is led by Sophie Bacq, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Coca-Cola Foundation Chair in Sustainable Development. Sophie is a globally recognized authority on social entrepreneurship and change. Her work has garnered numerous prizes, including Best Article awards from the Journal of Management Studies and the Academy of Management Perspectives.

Social Entrepreneurship Doctoral Seminar

The Social Entrepreneurship Doctoral Seminar is a week-long seminar that provides an in-depth survey of recent Social Entrepreneurship scholarship. which takes place in June 2024 in Munich and in August 2024 in Chicago.

Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference

The Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference is the foremost gathering of scholars and practitioners globally, showcasing and sharing the latest thinking on social enterprise, sustainability, innovation, and societal impact.

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“Social enterprises have long demonstrated that it is possible to balance financial viability with positive societal impact. They teach us the challenges to watch for and the organizational mechanisms to put in place as contemporary businesses contemplate their own impact on society.”

 

 

 

Sophie Bacq Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Coca-Cola Foundation Chair in Sustainable Development and Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative