Open Workshop by Dr. Inna Kozlinska: Collaborating for Impact – Insights from Social Entrepreneurs

The aim of the Open Workshop Series in Business and Management Studies is to promote top-quality academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences. This is a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with local and international community members.

15:00 - 17:00 Friday 23/02/2018

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Room 507

Speaker: Dr. Inna Kozlinska, Turku School of Economics, Finland

Social enterprises are organizations engaging in market-based activities to address societal challenges such as social exclusion, poverty or environmental degradation. Most research to date focuses on the creation of social enterprises and on aspects of organizing social enterprises as hybrid organizations. This means that the key aspect of social entrepreneurial activity, creation of impact, its potential boundary conditions and drivers, remain poorly understood. What kind of impact is created by social entrepreneurs: social, environmental and/or legal? Emerging research implies that collaborations with varied actors may be a key path through which social enterprises achieve impacts. Is collaboration equally effective for creating impact in different contexts or do boundary conditions exist? What capability enables social enterprises to forge effective collaborations to achieve impacts?

My presentation will be based on the data collected during SEFORÏS project and the joint work with co-authors from Aston University: Dr. E.Folmer and Prof. U.Stephan. It will focus on regional differences in cultural context in terms of entrepreneurial culture and cultural support for social enterprises. To test whether the effectiveness of collaborations for creating impacts differs across regions, we have examined cross-level interaction effects. This study advances our understanding of a central aspect of social entrepreneurship – how social enterprises stimulate societal change and create societal impact. Social entrepreneurs highlight important heterogeneity with regards to the types of impacts social enterprises seek to create and their drivers (collaboration and social skill). Findings of this study suggest that working towards greater social inclusion of disadvantaged groups (‘social impacts’) is particularly socially embedded and sensitive to cultural contexts. By highlighting collaboration as an organizational strategy, this study contributes to the emerging understanding of how entrepreneurs can successfully stimulate social change in adverse contexts.

Dr. Inna Kozlinska is a postdoctoral researcher in the TSE Entre unit of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Turku School of Economics. Prior to joining the team in August 2017, she was employed with Aston University (UK) as a research fellow.
Inna obtained a doctoral degree in economics and business administration from the University of Tartu (Estonia) and the University of Turku (Finland), having defended her PhD thesis “Evaluation of the Outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education Revisited: Evidence from Estonia and Latvia” in December 2016. Inna's research currently focuses on: entrepreneurship education and experiential learning, academic and social entrepreneurship.

Discussion moderated by Dr. Arnis Sauka. Attendance is free of charge.

Please sign up for the seminar, writing to by Februay 21st, 2018.

Workshop is supported by the National Research Program 5.2 EKOSOC - LV

The aim of the SSE Riga Open Workshop Series is to:

  • to foster cooperation between business and management researchers, practitioners and policy makers, as well as
  • to promote academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences, focusing on but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, management, public administration and strategy.

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga.

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