Social EnterpriseSEFORIS

Social Enterprise


Social Enterprise as Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies (SEFORIS)

The “seforïs” research project seeks to understand the potential of social enterprise within the European Union and beyond to improve the social inclusiveness of society through greater stakeholder engagement, promotion of civic capitalism and changes to social service provision. It began in January 2014 and will run until the end of April, 2017. The methods which they will employ include a) investigation of key processes within social enterprises for delivering inclusion and innovation, including organisation and governance, financing, innovation and behavioural change and b) investigation of formal and informal institutional context, including political, cultural and economic environments and institutions which directly and indirectly support social enterprises. The methodology will be to start from policy and social enterprise practitioner issues to develop a theoretical framework for inclusion and innovation processes in context, followed by novel experimentation with social enterprises and in depth case study analysis to expand and enrich. Longitudinal survey data will be used to test and validate conclusions. Representative policy makers and social enterprises will be engaged throughout the process to ensure relevancy and transmission of results and findings.

The co-ordinator of the project is the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium) and partners include:

Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)

VZW Innovation and Action Lab (Belgium)

Aston University (UK)

Shanghai NPI Social Innovation Development Center Non Profit Organization (China)

NESst Europe (Hungary)

I-Propeller (Sweden)

UnLTd (UK)

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Hertie School of Governance (Germany)

Stiftelsen Osekoniska Institutet (Sweden)

Non-Commercial Foundation of Economic Development and Social Stability Co-operation, Economic and Financial Research and Development Center (Russia)

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