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

"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.

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)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 239 529

STIFTELSEN OSTEKONOMISKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 315 537

UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 162 970

The Hub Collective Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 850

NESST EUROPE NONPROFIT KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 73 047

I-PROPELLER NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 153 121

The Global Institute

United States

NESST EUROPA ESELYEGYENLOSEG KOZOSSEGI SZOLGALTATO KOZHASZNU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 68 321

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217622

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 050 966,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 446 878

Coordinated by:

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

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