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Sustainable Regional Growth and Development in the Creative Knowledge Economy - ERSA Congress 2010

Call for papers

ERSA 2010 Jonkoping Congress
Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN
Deadline for abstract submission: 20th January, 2010
Deadline for notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1st March, 2010 

Special Session on Social/Societal Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship over the last decades has become institutionalized as a multidisciplinary field of research including interfaces with geography, economics, sociology and organization theory. Areas of research for these encounters include innovation, regional development and, more recently, social and societal entrepreneurship. While social entrepreneurship underlines the role of social means and ends in the entrepreneurial process, societal entrepreneurship puts special emphasis on the integration of entrepreneurship into society and its institutions. This integration is especially interesting in a spatial perspective. The aim of the proposed special session is to further elaborate on entrepreneurship as a phenomenon that goes beyond the strong individual and growing firm. Possible fields of inquiry include:

• Where, and in what way, does the social/societal appear in existing spatial views onentrepreneurship?
• What happens to the social/social aspect on entrepreneurship in a globalizing world?
• How do social, economic and ecological forces combine to make an entrepreneurial and sustainable context for community development?
• How is social/societal entrepreneurship constructed as processes that cross the boundaries between the private, public and voluntary sectors?
• How can existing theories on entrepreneurship and local/regional development combine into models for ‘glocal’ strategies?
• What is the character of supportive environments and organizational contexts that is conducive for the flourishing of social/societal entrepreneurship? What methods do research into social/societal entrepreneurship call for?
• Can the emerging creative industries be considered as an especially important context for social/societal entrepreneurship?
• What settings are conducive for the emergence and institutionalization of social/societal entrepreneurship?

Deadline for this special session

A 3-page abstract, including major references, should be submitted to either Bengt
Johannisson ([email protected]) or Malin Gawell ([email protected]) no later than February 1st , 2010.
The full paper should be delivered by June 1, 2010 


European Regional Science Association (ERSA)

  ERSA is the supranational grouping of national regional science associations across Europe. Members are academics, policy professionals and researchers interested in spatial economics and planning, regional and local development and related issues. They are drawn largely from the...

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