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Social entrepreneurship in developing co 2014 : “Social entrepreneurship in developing countries: a twist to the traditional view of social entrepreneurship?”


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Call For Papers

Call for Papers “International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation”

Guest editors

Asmae Diani, Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Maroc
Alain Fayolle, EM Lyon, France
Severine Le Loarne-Lemaire, Grenoble EM, France
Adnane Maâlaoui, ESG Management School, France
Julie Tixier, Université Paris-Est Marne - IRG, France

“Social entrepreneurship in developing countries: a twist to the traditional view of social entrepreneurship?”

There is a growing interest in social entrepreneurship in the Social Sciences, from economics, to politics and a corresponding media interest. Convergences 20151 devotes an annual meeting where more then 5000 delegates from 1300 organizations discuss the emergent theory and realities of the social entrepreneurship concept. It also publishes the barometer of social entrepreneurship. It tracks the main trends regarding social entrepreneurship and presents updated figures on social entrepreneurship in the world.
The roots of social entrepreneurship are not recent. They go back to the mid-19th century. However, there is a renewed interest in Social Enterprise with the economic crisis and increased of unemployment. It could be seen as the "solution" to the crisis of confidence that capitalism is facing today. Based on various manifestations of the phenomenon, several definitions of social entrepreneurship have been proposed. Zahra et al. (2009) identified 21 definitions between 1997 and 2007. However, two main approaches of social entrepreneurship can be distinguished: (1) an Anglo-Saxon approach, especially in the U.S. context that highlights the role of the individual: the social entrepreneur who exploits opportunities to serve a social mission (Thompson, 2008, Dees and Anderson, 2006, Bornstein, 2004); and (2) a Western-European approach that focuses on social enterprise, defined as "an organization with an explicit goal of serving the community, initiated by a group of citizens and in which the material interest of investors is subject to limitations. Social enterprises put great value in supporting their autonomy and economic risks associated with their activities (Defourny and Nyssens, 2006, p. 2). But in developing economies a different perception of social entrepreneurship is emerging. Choi and Majumdar (2013) work in India discussed the concept of social entrepreneurship and define it as a cluster concept. They consider that the concept implies several dimensions such as social value creation, social entrepreneur, a specific organization, a market orientation and social innovation. All those items and components of this cluster definition need to be tested and confronted to the reality of developing countries.
Social entrepreneurship makes sense in developing countries, where it is wise to set a “realistic” strategy in terms of economic and social development. This may embody an innovation dimension, which is mainly social as in the definition of social innovation developed by Bouchard (1999, p.2). For example, innovative initiatives for social purposes in Morocco have increased in recent years, in particular driven by the National Initiative for Human Development (NIHD).

These initiatives led by actors called "social entrepreneurs" have focused on identifying opportunities in order to respond to social or environmental needs; and the realization of these opportunities by implementing appropriate entrepreneurial solutions. In Tunisia, an appetite for sustainable development and primarily for social entrepreneurship is also rising. Several NGOs, the UN, the EU and others support this new form of social development through the development of economic activities. The creation of the "Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship" illustrates a ground-based initiative that meets the aspirations of present and future generations. These two projects are among many others that require further investigation and understanding. Analyzing the implementation of such policies in diverse cultural contexts such as Mexico, Central Europe or Indonesia represents an interesting and enriching research agenda.
This CFP aims to describe and understand the different dimensions of social entrepreneurship in the context of developing countries. In addition, the aim is to place this concept in relation to similar concepts that are specific to social enterprises. More specifically, the CFP will focus on papers dealing with the following issues in the context of developing countries :

 Account theoretical advances in the field of research on entrepreneurship in the context of fighting poverty and sustainable development;

 Place the concept of social entrepreneurship in relation to other concepts (Social and Solidarity Economy, Social business, BOP...)

 Position of social entrepreneurship in relation to current issues: local development, human development, sustainable development, social responsibility...;

 Focus on financing issues of social entrepreneurship and micro finance

 Analyze business models of social companies and their specificities

 Teaching social entrepreneurship;

 Characterize the field of social entrepreneurship in developing countries through its different events

 Analyze specificities, behaviours and practices of social companies

 Explore developing conditions and sustainability of social companies, especially in a scale change

 Discussions about different methods for evaluating social impact

Deadlines :

1st of March 2014 Abstract submission deadline (900 Words)
1st of April 2014 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
1st of June 2014 Full paper submission
20th of July 2014 Author notification
1st of September 2014 Final version submission of revised paper

Submission rules:

Articles should preferably be in the region of 5,000-8,000 words (UK English), including tables and references. Case studies are also sought, and such contributions will be especially welcome from practising entrepreneurs. These should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words long. Submissions should be submitted electronically as Word documents (please do not send PDF files).
The text should be ordered under appropriate sub-headings (not numbered paragraphs or sections) and these should not be more than 800 words apart. Three levels of sub-heading are possible. Please double space all text.
The title page should show the names and addresses of the authors, their professional status and affiliation and the address (including e-mail) to which correspondence should be sent. As this page will not be sent to referees, the title of the article (without author names) should be repeated on the first text page.

An abstract should be provided, comprising 100–150 words.
Between 3 and 6 keywords should appear below the abstract, highlighting the main topics of the paper.
References should follow the Harvard system. That is, they should be shown within the text as the author’s surname (or authors’ surnames) followed by a comma and the year of publication, all in round brackets: for example, (Smith, 2001).For textual citations, where there are two authors please use the word 'and', not the ampersand (thus: '(Smith and Jones, 2012)'. Where there are more than two authors, please use the first-named author only, followed by 'et al' in italics (thus: Smith et al, 2012). At the end of the article a bibliographical list should be supplied, organized alphabetically by author (surnames followed by initials - all authors should be named). Bibliographic information should be given in the order indicated by the following examples:
* Articles: McMullan, W.E., and Vesper, K.H. (2000), 'Becoming an entrepreneur: a participant's perspective', International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol 1, No 1, pp 33-43.
* Books: Casson, M. (2003), The Entrepreneur: An Economic Theory, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
Notes should be numbered consecutively in the text and typed in plain text at the end of the paper (not as footnotes on text pages).
Tables should be reduced to the simplest form and present only essential data. They should be submitted on separate sheets at the end of the article. The use of vertical rules in tables should be avoided.
For illustrations, line drawings and black and white photographs are acceptable. Authors are asked to supply originals of line drawings for reproduction.
For more information:

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