Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Track Chairs:


Yury Blagov, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University

Subhasis Ray, Professor of Marketing, Xavier Institute of Management, India

Yulia Aray, Junior Researcher, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University



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.


Objective of the track: the track “Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets” within “GSOM Emerging Markets Conference-2016” will specifically focus on social entrepreneurship within emerging markets. We invite paper proposals across the countries that address specific aspects, historical background, institutional perspectives and development trends of social entrepreneurship in emerging markets. We are interested in papers that examine landscape of social entrepreneurship in a specific country with bringing practical examples and cases.  Overall, the goal of the track is to engage scholars and practitioners across from emerging market countries in an examination and debate about various ways of social entrepreneurship development and highlight the comparative differences between and within emerging markets.



Suggested topics for the papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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, institutional context, models and patterns of social enterprise, social entrepreneurship education.