Call for Papers

The New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre is pleased to announce the inaugural Massey University Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference which will be held at Massey University's innovative Albany Campus, in Auckland, New Zealand.

The scholarly enquiry of social innovation (SI) and social entrepreneurship (SE) is at an early stage. Extending conceptual underpinnings of SI and SE and effectively integrating theory and practice, is essential to the development of this emergent field. It is therefore relevant and timely that our Conference theme is:
Extending Theory, Integrating Practice

In addition to keynote and paper presentations, and dialogue in a Conference Panel discussion with practitioners and policy makers, we hope to move toward perceptual mapping of the role and best practices of social innovation and entrepreneurship in catalyzing development for individuals, communities, regions and the global society.

We invite theoretical and empirically informed papers that explore and contribute to the understanding of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Proposals for special sessions on a specific topic are also invited. These sessions can be academic, and/or practice and policy focused. Papers and special sessions around the Conference theme are particularly welcome. Some suggested topics include:

  • Social venture creation and opportunity recognition and development
  • Resourcing social ventures: financial, human, social and symbolic considerations
  • Social entrepreneurship and socially innovative approaches of Māori and other indigenous groups
  • Cross-cultural comparative studies in social entrepreneurship
  • Survival and growth strategies of social entrepreneurs/social ventures
  • Measurement of social impact and interpretations of success
  • New insights on social innovation in banking and finance e.g. microfinance, Islamic banking, and mutual financial institutions
  • Effective public policies to facilitate social enterprises and social innovation
  • Partnerships and collaboration for social innovation
  • Ecopreneurship and green entrepreneurship perspectives
  • Innovation in corporate social responsibility related areas such as environmental responsibility, sustainability
  • Social innovation in urban management and housing

Paper Submission

A 250-300 word abstract should be electronically submitted by 1 September to
Acceptance (or rejection) will be notified by 15 September with full papers due by 1 November 2011. Publication opportunities for full paper authors include a Special Issue of the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) with the same theme as our Conference. Authors who hope to submit manuscripts to the journal must follow ISBJ manuscript submission procedures. Please refer to

Special Sessions

Special session offers should be sent by 1 September to Professor Anne de Bruin, Director, NZ Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Massey University, at Please format session proposals as follows:

  • Session title
  • Name, institution, email, and other contact details of up to three co-organisers
  • Description of the session (500-600 words); include titles of papers, if it is a paper based session.
  • Five key words that capture its essence.
  • Biographical sketch (up to 100 words) of each organiser.

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