Social Enterprise Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 30 May 2008



(2008), "Social Enterprise Journal", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 2 No. 3.



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Social Enterprise Journal

Social Enterprise Journal

Article Type: Call for papers From:Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Volume 2, Issue 3


In September 2007 Emerald, a leading international publisher of management journals and databases, acquired the publication and production of the Social Enterprise Journal (SEJ) from Social Enterprise London (SEL) with Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) serving as the Editor. The SEJ has flourished since its inception in 2005. The three volumes published to date by SEL have attracted considerable interest from both academic and social enterprise communities, and have been downloaded many thousands of times each year. The aim is to make SEJ a quality peer-reviewed journal, with an editorial board comprising leading international scholars in the field.

Social enterprise is a powerful global concept, which describes those businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in the business or in the community. It is an umbrella term for a range of alternative business models, which combine civic engagement and public service with wealth creation. Social enterprises share a number of common characteristics including an enterprise orientation, a social mission and social ownership based on wider stakeholder participation. Internationally social enterprises provide solutions to market-perceived failures in both the private and the public sector and assist sustainable development. The mission of SEJ is to provide an opportunity for practitioners, academics and policy-makers to share new insights into how social enterprise is contributing – and may increasingly contribute – to a more prosperous and sustainable society, economy and environment and how this can be evidenced.

In 2008, SEJ will increase from one issue per annum to three, will be peer-reviewed and will be sold internationally, with a focus on cutting-edge research and an inter-disciplinary approach.

Call for submissions

Social enterprises have not been the subject of rigorous research to determine the current practices and needs of managers within this developing area. It is also debatable whether we have a robust and agreed ``map'' of the sector. SEJ seeks to address this void by inviting scholars and practitioners to present their theories and frameworks for understanding social enterprise, and invites research that examines a range of topics related to this developing sector of the social economy.

The editorial team has consciously chosen not to restrict the subject areas for this journal, but to open the door wide to all scholars publishing in social enterprise. SEJ will accept both rigorous research papers and shorter case study submissions that address key aspects. Issues of importance, which can be addressed at a global, national and/or individual social enterprise level, include but are not limited to:

  • Theorisation of the nature of social enterprise

  • Strategic management tools and their application within social enterprises

  • Entrepreneurship in social enterprises

  • Social enterprise delivering public services

  • The sustainability of social enterprise

  • Governance systems for social enterprises

  • Value creation and competition based on social resources

  • Stakeholder management theory in social enterprises

  • Accountability and measuring impact

  • Social capital, building and its measurement

  • Strategic marketing in social enterprises

  • Ethical marketing and ethical consumerism

  • Values-based marketing

  • Managing people in a social enterprise environment

  • Social enterprise and social exclusion from the labour market

  • Achieving diversity through use of social enterprise models

  • Network theory within the social sector

  • Longitudinal case studies examining the emergence of management mechanisms in social enterprises

  • Empirical studies looking at added value training, skills development in the labour market through social enterprise initiatives.

Submission instructions

Papers must be electronically submitted (in a Word format file) to the new Editor of SEJ, Bob Doherty, Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise, Liverpool Business School, JMU at:

There are two different types of submissions: short case study papers, which are about 3,000 words in length, and full papers, with a maximum length of 5,000 words (not including references). Please see the journal web site: for author guidelines. All submitted papers will be refereed according to a peer refereeing process. Authors wishing to discuss their paper prior to submission may contact the Editor by e-mail.

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