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Social Ventures as Learning Laboratories

By J. Gregory Dees In this article, Greg Dees argues that, in the wake of the financial crisis, we need “entrepreneurship that creates greater long-term value while drawing on fewer resources and generating fewer destructive consequences”.  Financial pressures cause social …

Scaling Social Entrepreneurial Impact

By Paul N. Bloom and Aaron K. Chatterji We introduce a conceptual model that proposes seven drivers—or organizational capabilities—that can stimulate successful scaling by a social entrepreneurial organization. These drivers/capabilities are identified by using the acronym SCALERS, which stands for: …

Cultivate Your Ecosystem

by Paul N. Bloom and J. Gregory Dees Social entrepreneurs not only must understand the broad environment in which they work, but also must shape those environments to support their goals, when feasible. Borrowing insights from the field of ecology, …

Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously

By J. Gregory Dees The article discusses the concept of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship emerged in the 1980s from the work of Bill Drayton that provided fund for social innovators around the world. It comes into its own in the …

Developing Drugs For Developing Countries

By David B. Ridley, Henry G. Grabowski and Jeffrey L. Moe Infectious and parasitic diseases create enormous health burdens, but because most of the people suffering from these diseases are poor, little is invested in developing treatments.We propose that developers …

Access, Board Size and Inventives in Nonprofit Firms

By Rajesh K. Aggarwal, Mark E. Evans and Dhananjay Nanda We study the relation between board size and managerial incentives in non-profit firms. We present a model where board membership is granted to parties that wish to direct the manager’s …