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Social entrepreneurship: what model of development for Africa?

L'entrepreneuriat social : quel modèle de développement pour l'Afrique ?

Special Issue of the “African Management Review”

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Published on Thursday, September 06, 2018 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The purpose of this fourth issue of the journal African Management Review is, therefore, to broaden the discussions on social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in Africa. Empirical studies from all African countries are welcome for this special issue. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches are also welcome, as long as they are well -founded in the literature.

Announcement

Guest Editors

  • Francesca CROCE Sociologist, PhD Candidate, Laval University
  • Dr Gurmeet SINGH Associate Professor, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Context

The notions of "social enterprise" and "social entrepreneurship" are making an amazing breakthrough on almost every continent (Defourny & Nyssens, 2011). Social entrepreneurs, who use commercial activities to support some form of change is benefiting the society by providing sustainable solutions for a various social problem (Dees, 2001; Douglas, Tofinga & Singh, 2018; Lehner & Kaniskas, 2012). Indeed, since about ten years, social entrepreneurship has become a field of research in itself, giving rise to a proliferation of academic work, and thus constitutes a research topic in full growth (Janssen, Bacq & Brouard, 2012).

At the theoretical level this emerging concept is gaining popularity around the planet (Bacq & Janssen, 2008); in practical terms, it has the merits of creating social value for communities (Sharir & Lerner 2006; Weerawardena & Gillian Sullivan, 2006). If social entrepreneurship exists everywhere in the world, more and more, it is perceived by some economists as "the solution" to the crisis of confidence that capitalism knows today. Especially in developing countries (Sengupta, Sahay & Croce, 2017) women and men develop social enterprises by seeking above all to offer an answer to their social needs.

In Africa, social entrepreneurship is also attracting growing interest from both socio-economic and academic actors (Mirvis & Googins, 2018, Littlewood & Holt, 2015). If encouraging social entrepreneurship initiatives is among the priorities of African governments, who are also seeking to develop a model of social entrepreneurship that aims to solve the problems of African populations and improve their living conditions, several reflections on viability and social entrepreneurship practices remain to be shared among the research community. For this, this special issue on social entrepreneurship attempts to answer the following research questions:

  • What are the distinguishing characteristics of social entrepreneurs in Africa?
  • What are the partnership development strategies specific to social entrepreneurship in Africa?
  • What are the innovative practices favouring the adoption of behaviours in the social sector in Africa?
  • What are the motivations and challenges that social entrepreneurs face in Africa?
  • What are the benefits of social entrepreneurship for the African societies?

Subject of this 4th issue of the journal

This fourth issue of the African Management Review invites scientific papers that focus on research on social entrepreneurship in Africa. We call for works that explore how the practices of "social" entrepreneurs are affected by the cultural, economic and social environment in Africa.

The purpose of this fourth issue of the journal African Management Review is, therefore, to broaden the discussions on social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in Africa. Empirical studies from all African countries are welcome for this special issue. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches are also welcome, as long as they are well -founded in the literature.

Contribution Themes

The thoughtful contributions of all African countries are welcome for this special issue. Without any exhaustive character, a particular interest will be brought to the work related to the following themes:

  • Entrepreneurial support in the creation of social enterprises;
  • Social entrepreneurship related to innovation in Africa;
  • Social entrepreneurship and financing opportunities in Africa;
  • Social entrepreneurship, social networks and partnership relations;
  • Social entrepreneurship and territorial development;
  • Social entrepreneurship and sustainable and responsible development;
  • African universities and training in social entrepreneurship;
  • Etc.

Instructions to authors

  • Articles submitted to the African Management Review must respect the guidelines to the authors and the editorial policy of the journal;
  • The articles will be the subject of an anonymous evaluation by 2 evaluators of the scientific commission and the answer to the authors will be given before June 04, 2019.

Calendar and key dates

  • September 2018: Dissemination of the call for papers;
  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for sending draft articles;

  • June 2019: Publication of the special issue "Social Entrepreneurship: What Model of Development for Africa?"

References

Bacq, S. & Janssen, F. (2008). From Social Entrepreneurship as a Practice to a Legitimate Field of Research: Literature Review and Classification. Paper presented at the European Summer University Conference on Entrepreneurship, Bodo, Norway.

Dees, J.G. (2007). Taking social entrepreneurship seriously. Society, 44 (3), 24-31.

Defourny, J. & Nyssens, M. (2011). Approches européennes et américaines de l’entreprise social: une perspective comparative. Revue internationale de l'économie sociale, (319), 18–35.

Douglas, H. Tofinga, B. & Singh, G (2018). Hybrid Organisations Contributing to Wellbeing in Small Pacific Island Countries. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/SAMPJ-08-2017-0081.

Janssen, F., Bacq, S. & Brouard, F. (2012). L’entrepreneuriat social: Un thème pour la recherche passée, présente et future. Revue internationale P.M.E., 25 (3-4), 17–44.

Lehner, O.M. & Kaniskas, J. (2012). Opportunity recognition in social entrepreneurship: a thematic Meta-analysis. Journal of Entrepreneurship, 21 (1), 25-58.

Littlewood, D. & Holt, D. (2015). Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Exploring the Influence of Environment. Business & Society, 57 (3), 525 – 561.

Mirvis, P. & Googins, B.  (2018) Catalyzing Social Entrepreneurship in Africa: Roles for Western Universities, NGOs and Corporations, Africa Journal of Management, 4 (1), 57-83.

Sengupta, S., Sahay, A. & Croce, F. (2017). Conceptualizing social entrepreneurship in the context of emerging economies: an integrative review of past research from BRIICS.  International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 1-33.

Sharir, M. & Lerner, M. (2006). Gauging the success of social ventures initiated by individual social entrepreneurs, Journal of World Business, 41 (1), 6-20.

Weerawardena, J. & Gillian Sullivan, M. (2006), Investigating social entrepreneurship: A multidimensional model. Journal of World Business, 41 (10), 21-35.

Subjects

Places

  • Agadir, Kingdom of Morocco

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Keywords

  • entrepreneuriat social, modèle de développement

Contact(s)

  • Khalifa Ahsina
    courriel : revue [dot] africaine [dot] ram [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Khalifa Ahsina
    courriel : revue [dot] africaine [dot] ram [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Social entrepreneurship: what model of development for Africa? », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, September 06, 2018, https://calenda.org/474429

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