Post-event materials of the International SEFORÏS Conference in Birmingham available!

On 9 December 2016 SEFORÏS held an International Conference in collaboration with Aston University in Birmingham. The aim was to combine both research findings from SEFORÏS researchers and practical examples from social enterprises in Europe and China as a basis for discussion and future recommendations for policy makers. More than 75 social entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers joined us, with lively discussions and debates as a result. The conference programme can be found once again via this link.

Our next, and final, conference is taking place on 16 and 17 March in Brussels! Save the date!

Downloadable Presentations

Introduction to SEFORÏS by Prof. Ute Stephan, Aston University, UK

Keynote by Professor Johanna Mair, Hertie School of Governance, Germany & Stanford University, USA: "Innovation and Scaling - How effective Social Entrepreneurs create Impact"

Presentation by Dr. Miriam Wolf, Hertie School of Governance, Germany: "Governance in Social Enterprises. Insights from SEFORÏS"

Presentation by Assoc. Prof. Chloé Le Coq, Stockholm School of Economics (SITE), Sweden: "Financing Social Enterprises. Insights from SEFORÏS"

Presentation by Dr. Alain Daou, KU Leuven, Belgium: "Innovation in Social Enterprises and Social Innovation. Insights from SEFORЇS"

Presentation by Dr. Marieke Huysentruyt, HEC Paris, France & Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden: "Scaling Impact in Social Enterprises. Insights from SEFORЇS"

Presentation by Dr. Emma Folmer, Aston University, UK: "Social Enterprises across Countries: More Similar than Different? Insights from SEFORЇS"

Photos

Check out the conference photos in our Facebook Album.

Video footage

All presentations, roundtable and discussions and debates have been recorded and can be found in one simple YouTube playlist below:

Funded PhD-studentships available at Aston University to pursue a PhD in Social Entrepreneurship

Aston Business School offers ESRC-funded PhD studentships as part of the Business and Management pathway in the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Programme. More information about the programme can be found here. The deadline for application is Jan 24th. Please note that due to ESRC rules only UK or EU citizens can apply for this scheme.

If you are interested please contact Prof Ute Stephan u.stephan@aston.ac.uk or Dr Emma Folmer e.folmer@aston.ac.uk for discussion of social enterprise-related PhD proposals.

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Do women earn less, even as social entrepreneurs?

According to a recent study, of which we published a summary in our news section in September 2015, female CEOs earn 29% less than their male counterparts.

Gender differences in pay are ever-present at all organisational levels. As CEOs of their own organisations, entrepreneurs largely determine their own pay. In addition, social entrepreneurship may be a particularly gender-blind occupational choice; evidence indicates that women are more likely to start a social enterprise.

Do women at the top of social enterprises see a gender pay gap? 

Saul Estrin (London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)), Ute Stephan (Aston University - Aston Business School) and  Suncica Vujic (VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration) share the outcomes of their research in the interview below.

Fruitful SEFORÏS consortium meeting at Aston University (video)

SEFORÏS team at Aston Business School

SEFORÏS team at Aston Business School

Together the SEFORÏS consortium members are nearly finished with the survey of over 1.000 directors of social enterprises in Russia, China and Europe. The meeting at Aston University was an important to compare notes on this massive data collection on the role and behaviour of social enterprises. SEFORÏS wants to ensure the high quality of the data that allows for meaningful analysis in countries and between the several countries. In the spring of 2016 SEFORÏS will publish reports with first indicators on the field of social entrepreneurship within each of the participating countries: China, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Respective country teams also presented their academic work based on the conducted case studies earlier in the project and together they explored the opportunities for cross-country analysis of cases. Professor Ute Stephan, principal investigator and member of the Academic Advisory Board of SEFORÏS, kindly summarised the present status of the research at the end of the meeting: