1st International Social Business Symposium 2016

Symposium: 19-20 August 2016

Venue: Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) La Trobe University,  Bundoora, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Hosted by: Yunus Social Business Centre

Keynote Speaker: Dr Andreas Heinecke, Founder, Dialogue in the Dark

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This symposium aims at facilitating discussion about and deepening our understanding of Social Business, bringing together a variety of academics in Social Business and allied fields, including leading researchers, pracademics and practitioners.

Ten  years ago, Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and pioneer of micro-credit, was honoured with the Nobel Peace Laureate for his achievements in fighting poverty. With increasing pressure from global social issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change, public, business and academic interest in solving social issues using market mechanisms is steadily increasing.

In his Nobel address Yunus introduced his new, more expansive concept of Social Business. Marked by a number of seminal contributions such as Mair & Marti (2006) and Weerawardena & Mort (2006), academic interest to date has largely been focused on social entrepreneurship.

Despite similarities between social entrepreneurship and Social Business there is a lack of consensus on how to define and delineate both concepts, with separate communities of academics and practitioners formed around each concept. For example, Beckmann et al. (2014) use the criteria of innovativeness and financial sustainability to distinguish Social Business from social entrepreneurship.

Sullivan Mort (2015), instead, highlighted the difference as more about the vision and capacity for system level change.  However, we are far from a conclusive understanding of the distinct characteristics of Social Business and how this will affect the operationalization of Social Business in key domains. We believe the time is ripe to focus more academic attention on Social Business as a distinct phenomenon, enhancing conceptual and theoretical development.

Call for Papers (For Academics/ Researchers/ Nonprofits/ Social Entrepreneurs/SMEs/Students)

We're calling for short abstracts and working papers on the following topics.

Topics of interest

  • Defining and delineating Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurs
  • Developing theoretical underpinnings for Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurs
  • Challenges for Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurs
  • Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurs in developed vs. developing countries/ different contexts
  • Social Business/Entrepreneurship/ Social Entrepreneurship start-ups
  • Social Business/Social Entrepreneur joint ventures with corporates
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Crowd funding in Social Business and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Emergence of co working or Hoffice Spaces around the globe.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your 500 word abstract or 2000 word working paper to the Symposium Secretariat, Mr. Rafiuddin Ahmed via email r.ahmed@latrobe.edu.au. CC your submission to Dr. Anna Krzeminska at a.krzeminska@business.uq.edu.au.

Please ensure your abstract or working paper uses the following format: Font: Times New Roman, 12 size with 1.5 line spacing.

For more information and to register for the Symposium please contact the Symposium Chair, Professor Dr. Gillian Sullivan Mort. Email: g.sullivan-mort@latrobe.edu.au.

Key dates

  • Abstract/working paper submission due: Extended to 20 June 2016.
  • Notice of acceptance: 15 June 2016.
  • Online registration: 15 – 20 June 2016. (Online Payment with Credit Card)
  • Note: Only successful applicants will be provided with a VISA invitation letter (If you need it for travel to Australia).

Fees

(The La Trobe Business School is partly subsidising the symposium)

  1. Academics / Nonprofits / Social Entrepreneurs: A$200
  2. Students (Australia/Overseas): A$100
  3. La Trobe University current students: Free
  4. La Trobe Alumni: A$150
  5. La Trobe University Staff: Free

Call for Case Studies (For Corporates)

We're calling for case studies on the following topics.

Topics of interest

  • Collaborating with NGOs/ Non Profit Organisations/ Government for Sustainable Growth
  • Building human capital (scholarships for capacity growth)
  • Social Business/ Entrepreneurship for sustainable growth and employment
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developed vs. developing countries/ different contexts
  • Social Business/ Entrepreneurship/ Social Entrepreneurship start-ups
  • Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurship joint ventures with corporates
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurship
  • Funding/Crowd funding in Social Business and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Joint Ventures with local small and medium enterprises
  • Sponsoring events for social cause/ capacity building
  • Sustainable business through green products / supply chains.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your 500-1000 word case study to the Symposium Secretariat, Mr. Rafiuddin Ahmed via email r.ahmed@latrobe.edu.au. CC your submission to Dr Anna Krzeminska at a.krzeminska@business.uq.edu.au.

Please ensure your case study uses the following format: Font: Times New Roman, 12 size with 1.5 line spacing.

For more information and to register for the Symposium please contact the Symposium Chair, Professor Dr. Gillian Sullivan Mort. Email: g.sullivan-mort@latrobe.edu.au.

Key dates

  • Case study submission due: Extended to 20 June 2016
  • Notice of acceptance: 15 June 2016
  • Online registration: 15 – 20 June 2016. (Online Payment with Credit Card)
  • Note: Only successful applicants will be provided with a VISA invitation letter (If you need it for travel to Australia).

Fees

  1. Corporate: A$300 (individual)
  2. Corporate: Bronze Sponsorship including 4 registrations plus special seminar breakfast briefing plus your logo on conference banner/leaflets/posters/announcement in the event A$2000.