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INDIVIDUAL ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS: THE CASE OF POVERTY

Objective

There is arguably a lack of research on organizations with social goals in management. For an
extreme case, i.e., of poverty, Prahalad (2006) described compelling examples of innovative
organizations in South Asia, which he suggested served the poor. However, very little is known
about: 1) What factors ‘cause’ social organizations, for instance, in settings of extreme poverty, to
grow and scale up ‘successfully,’ and how and why?, and 2) What organizational factors influence
‘social performance’ for target groups, and how and why, and under which conditions (where and
when), and for whom? Building on insights from our earlier theoretical and empirical work on
networks, leadership, and learning, as well as our extensive pilot studies in India, we will explore
how and why social organizations grow and scale up, in relation to social outcomes for relevant
target groups, using mixed methods (a qualitative phase followed by a quantitative phase, to first
build and then test theory). We propose to study organizations in an extreme setting, where arguably,
social problems are worst: of poverty in South Asia, and picked the education sector given its
potential importance for enabling people to move out of poverty. We believe that a better
understanding of how and why organizations scale up successfully to enable target groups in poverty
to be more proactive is also relevant from a practical perspective. It is for instance at the heart of the
new Sustainable Development Goals, and it is our hope to make a contribution into this direction.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

ERC-2015-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Host institution

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
€ 1 013 571,57

Beneficiaries (4)

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 013 571,57
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 43 258,19
Address
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 484
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments