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Social Enterprise Journal is the first journal to focus specifically on the social enterprise aspect of entrepreneurial activity. It encourages interdisciplinary and critical studies of social enterprise to deepen our understanding of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

ISSN: 1750-8614
eISSN: 1750-8614

Aims and scope

The challenges posed to capitalism by the global economic crisis of 2008 and the seemingly intractable problems of persistent poverty and rising inequality have focused attention on organizations that combine enterprise with an embedded social purpose.

Social enterprise is a powerful global concept, describing businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in businesses or in the community. Scholarly interest in social enterprise has progressed beyond the early focus on definitions and context to investigate their formation, management, distinctive international differences, and social value creation.

We invite scholars and practitioners to examine the phenomena of social enterprise and present their research work to the Social Enterprise Journal (SEJ).

The editorial team has consciously chosen to open the door wide to all scholars from a range of disciplines publishing social enterprise research. The aim is to encourage knowledge sharing across disciplines to generate stronger research overall in the field.

The SEJ will accept rigorous research papers that address key aspects. Issues of importance, which can be addressed at a global, national and/or individual social enterprise level, include but are not limited to:

  • Theorization of the nature of social enterprise
  • Regional and geographical dimensions of social enterprise
  • Strategic management in social enterprises
  • Social venture creation and social entrepreneurship
  • The sustainability of social enterprise
  • Measuring social value
  • Marketing in social enterprises
  • Growing and scaling social impact
  • Hybridity and conflicting logics
  • Public policy & social enterprise
  • Social investment
  • Social enterprise incubation and acceleration
  • The development of social enterprise as a field of study

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
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