Interactive webinar on Social Enterprise: Interdisciplinary Views across the University

Dr. Philip Karré
Prof. dr. Tine de Moor
Prof. dr. Karen Maas
Dr. Flor Avelino
Start date

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2021, 13:30

End date

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2021, 16:30

Do you research social enterprise or related subjects and are you interested in meeting other researchers in that field? Then join this interactive webinar on Wednesday the 13th of January. Together we will explore ways for further cooperation with the ultimate goal to develop a richer understanding of social enterprise, its opportunities and risks. 

Social enterprises mix economic and social value creation and are seen by many as promising tools to create social innovation in dealing with wicked societal problems. Yet, there is confusion about the concept of social enterprise and social enterprises come in many forms and sizes. What they all have in common is their hybrid character mixing the institutional logics of state, market and society. This hybridity is their strength, as it encourages synergy and innovation, but also their weakness, as it leads to ambiguity and confusion.

Why this online seminar?

Academic research can help to better understand the role social enterprises can play in social innovation and how this role is affected by their hybridity. However, while research about social enterprise is undertaken by various academic disciplines (public administration, transition studies, management studies, etc.), this knowledge is fragmented. Academics from different fields are often not aware of each other’s activities, which means that opportunities for fruitful exchanges and for collaborative and integrative research are missed.

Bring academics together

The aim of this interactive webinar is to bring together academics dealing with social enterprise and related subjects at Erasmus University Rotterdam and other universities to explore ways for further cooperation with the ultimate goal to develop a richer understanding of social enterprise, its opportunities and risks. 


After a short introduction of the concept of social enterprise and its hybrid character (dr. P.M. Karré), we will discuss the following three topics based on short introductions by specialists in the respective fields: (1) how can citizens’ collectives be seen as social enterprises? (prof.dr. Tine de Moor); (2) how can the impact of social enterprise be measured (prof.dr. K. Maas) and (3) how can social enterprises be viewed from a multi-actor power perspective? (dr. F. Avelino).


This event is organised in collaboration between Vital Cities and Cities, ESSB/DPAS, DRIFT, RSM and the Impact Centre Erasmus, and is open to all scholars and students from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam who are interested in research and education on topics related to social enterprise, as well as to scholars from other institutions. For more information about the programme, please contact Philip Karré

Vital Cities and Citizens

With the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to help improve the quality of life in cities. In vital cities, the population can achieve their life goals through education, useful work and participation in public life. The vital city is a platform for creativity and diversity, a safe meeting place for different social groups. The researchers involved focus on one of the four sub-themes:

•    Inclusive Cities and Diversity
•    Resilient Cities and People
•    Smart Cities and Communities 
•    Sustainable and Just Cities

VCC is a collaboration between Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

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