I'm sharing the Call for Papers for the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), that in 2021 will be in Milan.
Here the text that I would like to share in the newsletter:
On behalf of prof. Bob Doherty and Dr. Giacomo Ciambotti, stream chairs at ISIRC conference 2021, we would like to invite submissions of abstracts for the following conference stream:
Conference Stream: HYBRID MODELS & ORGANIZING: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH AND BEYOND
Conference theme: "Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future"
Dates: 8th – 10th September, 2021
Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (Italy)
All abstracts must be submitted through the ISIRC website: further info in this page.
The deadline is February 28th.
CALL FOR PAPER DESCRIPTION:
At the heart of social enterprise and social innovation is the need to combine commercial and social objectives (Doherty et al. 2014). It is this combination that has been the focus of a growing body of research on hybrid models and organizing (Battilana & Lee, 2014). While much research has focused on the tensions between social and commercial objectives, research has also found that the ability to combine objectives is also a source of opportunity of any social entrepreneur or social innovator (Saebi et al. 2019; Ciambotti & Pedrini, 2019).
At a time of growing research in this area, this stream of ISIRC conference will explore social enterprises and social innovation in the form of hybrid organizations. Hybrid organizing is also found to be breaking down some of the boundaries between sectors, professions and disciplines. It is the bringing together of different objectives, approaches, norms and logics that defines hybridity (Smith & Besharov, 2019). Given the recent literature reviews on this topic (Battilana et al. 2017; Besharov et al. 2019), there is much to learn about how hybridity is emerging, expanding the nature, challenges and outcomes of hybridity, such as mission drift (Grimes et al. 2019) or the identity-based dynamics of hybrid/social entrepreneurs (Wry & York, 2017). Also, research in social enterprises as hybrids has to deepen the understanding on how hybrids can help to tackle some of the intractable global challenges such as food system restoration, climate change, gender inequality, decent work, and the overall SDGs etc. Paper which investigate such outcomes as social impact, community transformation, economic development, social change etc. are very important for this stream.
Secondly, research need to better investigate variations of hybrid organizations and models and in different contexts, especially those that have had less involvement in social enterprise research, particularly those in developing countries. For this reason, we call for research which investigate hybridity and social enterprises in developed and developing countries, such as Africa (Ciambotti et al. 2020), or hybridity and contextual challenges such as Covid-19 (Bacq & Lumkpin, 2020), or hybridity at different levels of analysis (micro, meso and macro-level) (Saebi et al. 2019). Also, variations in forms of hybrids as social enterprises, B Corps, benefit corporations, or other organizational forms.
Third, hybridity has implications throughout the organization shaping models, behaviors and strategies (Battilana & Lee, 2014), with research now needed on how it shapes different stages of an enterprise and different parts of the operations. There are specific issues facing start-ups and those in the early stages, and in relation to the identification of social enterprise opportunities that combine social and commercial objectives (Wry & York, 2017). Also, business models have been demonstrated as useful lens in hybridity (Davies & Doherty, 2019), but more research is required to investigate challenges and opportunities in business model design and innovation in relation with hybridity. There is a need for more understanding of marketing issues, human resource management and innovation strategy that involves the interplay of logics, the micro-processes. We would welcome work on how trade-offs occur and how they are managed, to successfully pursue growth and scaling strategies, coupled with how win-wins are created and managed (Smith & Besharov, 2019; Shepherd & Patzelt, 2020).
This stream is for people that are interested in questions connected to hybrid models and organizing both in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and beyond. Papers are invited on any element of hybrid research including:
ADDITIONAL INFO ON THE CONFERENCE:
International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is the world's leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. Every year, it brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation and social entrepreneurship from varied perspectives.
ISIRC 2021 will take place in Milan (Italy), on 8-10 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ucsc.it), ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society (altis.unicatt.it), and E4Impact Foundation (e4impact.org). Depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be either hosted at the main campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (city centre of Milan) or take place on a virtual platform.
This year's theme is "Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future". It aligns with the world's leading impactful research on such topic, as well as with the activities being undertaken by members of ALTIS and by E4Impact in Africa. It also reflects the important role we see for social innovation and social enterprise in creating more fair and sustainable societies, both in developed and developing countries.
Find attached the related call for papers.
With best regards,
Giacomo Ciambotti, Bob Doherty
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