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"Social Entrepreneurs as ""Lead Users"" for Service Innovation"

Objective

Companies that don’t innovate lose their competitive edge. This is one certainty companies in an increasingly competitive, complex environment face, and which is further driven home by the 2005 re-launch of the Lisbon Strategy. But how should a Philips, IMEC or say a leading company in high-tech or knowledge-based services innovate their service function? This project will bring forward emerging social entrepreneurs as a powerful, yet so far untapped source of ‘external’ intelligence, ideas and technologies, and will advance a concrete strategy for how companies can access and leverage this intelligence in their service innovation processes. To do so, we will first rigorously analyse the founding decisions of 800 emerging social entrepreneurs based in Western as well as Central and Eastern European countries. This will allow us to systematically dissect the rising phenomenon of social entrepreneurship along a number of dimensions, including financial contracting, competitive strategy and organizational design. As we better understand who social entrepreneurs in Europe are and how they evolve over time, we can start to address more effectively how their intelligence can be optimally mobilized to accelerate service innovation. We will pilot-test at least one concrete, new innovation strategy (match-making model) through a series of action-orientated workshops that will involve academics, social entrepreneurs and leading companies. Finally, through our unique blend of fundamental and applied research, we will be able to formulate public policy initiatives in the following four domains: (i) the area of emerging social entrepreneurship both at the EU and member state levels, (ii) that of service innovation and competitiveness particularly at the EU level, (iii) areas of both emerging social entrepreneurship and services innovation in European welfare states versus emerging market economies, and (iv) our “SELUSI”-Innovation Strategy at the global level.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 428 503
Administrative Contact
Daniel Fisher (Mr.)

Participants (8)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 239 529
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
STIFTELSEN OSTEKONOMISKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 315 537
Address
Sveavagen 65
113 83 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lasse Persson (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 970
Address
Campus Universitario Edificio Central
31080 Pamplona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Ecker (Dr.)
The Hub Collective Ltd

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 5 850
Address
Torrens Street 5
ECIV INQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Robinson (Mr.)
NESST EUROPE NONPROFIT KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 73 047
Address
Bajcsy Zsilinszky Utca 58 1 Em 6
1054 Budapest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Loic Comolli (Mr.)
I-PROPELLER NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 121
Address
Rue Joseph Ii 20
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Moyersoen (Mr.)
The Global Institute
United States
Address
C/o The Brookings Institution, Massachussets Av. 1775
NW 20036 Washington Dc
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jody Ono (Ms.)
NESST EUROPA ESELYEGYENLOSEG KOZOSSEGI SZOLGALTATO KOZHASZNU TARSASAG

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 68 321
Address
Kalvin Ter 2
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Loic Comolli (Mr.)