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INDIVIDUAL ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS: THE CASE OF POVERTY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 695524

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 July 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 217 313,76

  • EU contribution

    € 1 217 313,76

Hosted by:

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

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.
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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

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 43 258,19

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 110 484

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 695524

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 July 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 217 313,76

  • EU contribution

    € 1 217 313,76

Hosted by:

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom