Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Track Chairs:



Yury Blagov,

Associate Professor, GSOM SPbU




Subhasis Ray,

Professor, Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University




Yulia Aray,

Research Associate, GSOM SPbU




Date: October 6, 2017


Social entrepreneurship is not a new phenomenon, but over the last decades it has been intensively developing in almost all regions as well as in emerging markets. It has become obvious that social entrepreneurship is a “part of a growing and concerted movement seeking to find alternative solutions to some of the world's most intractable social problems” [Lawrence et al., 2012] which exists by balancing between social and economic objectives. Anyway, despite the growing interest to the phenomenon there is lack of the unified definition, boundaries, defined forms of social entrepreneurship. The existing literature on social entrepreneurship doesn’t create an integrated theory, instead many views and schools produce different knowledge and concepts.

Emerging markets differ significantly from developed countries. They face enormous number of social problems and social entrepreneurship becomes a promising solution. But, the understanding, drivers, contexts of social entrepreneurship in emerging markets differ significantly within these countries. Development of empirical research, not bounded to the single case studies, but based on the gathering and analyzing data through a wider sample and bringing overall overview of the context could make not only practical contribution, but also theoretical through revealing the institutional, historical aspects of social entrepreneurship development in emerging markets. The track could also enhance comparative analysis across countries


Papers on any of the following (but non-exhaustive) themes are welcomed:

- Historical background of social entrepreneurship development in emerging markets

- Understanding of social entrepreneurship in the society and legal definition

- Institutional context of social entrepreneurship development (drivers and encouraging bodies) in emerging markets

- Supporting mechanisms and programs of social entrepreneurship in emerging markets

- Patterns and models of social enterprise in emerging markets

- Social entrepreneurship education, training and learning in emerging markets


Keywords presenting the track: social entrepreneurship, emerging markets, models of social enterprise, social entrepreneurship education