Societal Entrepreneurship

Societal Entrepreneurship

Positioning, Penetrating, Promoting

Edited by Karin Berglund, Bengt Johannisson and Birgitta Schwartz

Stating the importance of both the local and the broader societal context, the book reports close-up studies from a variety of social ventures. Generic themes include positioning societal entrepreneurship against other images of collective entrepreneurship, critically penetrating its assumptions and practices and proposing ways of promoting societal entrepreneurship more widely.

Preface

Edited by Karin Berglund, Bengt Johannisson and Birgitta Schwartz

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, development studies, social entrepreneurship, politics and public policy, social entrepreneurship

Extract

Entrepreneurship is the outcome of a collective effort, and so is this book. It is of course up to our readers to judge if this anthology and the messages it communicates are innovative, but in the making of this book we have tried to practise creative organizing. Its contributors originate in an alliance between three Swedish universities; Linnaeus University (a recent merger of Växjö and Kalmar Universities), Linköping University and Mälardalen University. Together we submitted a research proposal when the Swedish Knowledge Foundation in 2008 invited applicants to their research programme on social entrepreneurship. The foundation’s generous funding of the project – Organizing Societal Entrepreneurship in Sweden (OSIS) – made it possible to establish a research network including not only project members but also other Swedish researchers in the field. Our staffing of the knowledge-creation process in OSIS also includes practitioners. Trading upon the well-established Scandinavian tradition of interactive research the Swedish Knowledge Foundation also financially supported four social enterprises and non-profit organizations that participated in dialogues with the researchers. Three of these co-producers of knowledge appear in this book, the Moon House, Oria and Social Entrepreneurship in Practice (SIP). Additional generous funding by Växjö University made it possible to also include the social enterprise Macken in the research process. We think that the dialogues with these social enterprises have been mutually appreciated by practitioners and researchers and have produced considerable added scientific value to this anthology. This book and the research milieu that it has built originate...