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Article Type: Diary From: Strategic Direction, Volume 27, Issue 6
2011 Conference on Social Entrepreneurship Perspectives
26-27 August 2011, Linz, Australia
The theme of this conference is “Entrepreneurial Context and Processes in Social Enterprises.”
The concept of a social enterprise broadly denotes a business model of non-governmental entities fulfilling social issues and needs by using market based approaches and income generation. While the terms “social enterprise” and “social entrepreneur” appear constructed in different cultural and civil society settings, and some institutional players even try to collect the concept for their political agenda, its practical importance has immensely grown throughout the last three decades. Scholars around the globe have become interested in the concept and provide fascinating case studies and promising conceptual approaches. Social enterprises are, amongst others, found to be traditional non-profit organizations applying more market based and innovative approaches to become less dependent on governmental provisions or the result of entrepreneurial processes starting up new ventures on social opportunities. This conference focuses on the entrepreneurial context in both. How are entrepreneurial processes like opportunity recognition, innovation, improvisation or effectuation employed, how do they differ in application from traditional for-profit entrepreneurs? What can be said about the entrepreneurial mind-set of social entrepreneurs? Can we find social intrapreneurs?
The International Conference Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in a Globalized World
22-24 September 2011, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
The main objective of the conference is to encourage research concerning SMEs in a globalized world through networking and collaboration between academics and practitioners.
The conference also aims to serve as a forum between entrepreneurs, managers, academics and researchers who are invited to exchange information, knowledge and experience in the broad field of SMEs matters.
The main topics of the conference are:
globalization: opportunity or threat for the SMEs;
challenges for SMEs under the sign of globalization;
development strategies for SMEs in the context of globalization;
local, regional and global issues for SMEs;
microfinance, angel finance, venture capital and the SMEs;
taxation and accounting matters for SMEs;
e-business and SMEs.