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Ivey leads the exploration of social entrepreneurship research

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  • Dec 12, 2016
Ivey leads the exploration of social entrepreneurship research

In the relatively young life of entrepreneurship as an academic discipline, Ivey has become a key leader in the space. In April 2017, the School will have the opportunity to continue that role and expand the conversation on social entrepreneurship.

Ivey’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre and the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship will host an academic conference on social entrepreneurship in 2017. It will pave the way for a Special Issue on the topic with the Journal of Business Venturing, the world’s leading entrepreneurship journal listed in the Financial Times 50 academic journal list. The Special Issue is the first concerted effort to map out new developments in social entrepreneurship.

“Social entrepreneurship is not the new kid on the block, but it’s something that has grown organically," Associate Professor Oana Branzei, who founded Social Innovation @ Ivey in 2008, said. "Ivey leading in the space itself is a natural extension of its leadership in entrepreneurship."

Branzei and Professor Simon Parker hope to attract more than 25 of the world’s leading scholars in the field to the conference, with an additional 25 doctoral students. The one-to-one ratio of scholars to students will maximize opportunities for mentorship and collaboration.