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Social innovation, over time

Community activists tend to seek urgent solutions, but a new study from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation emphasises how patience is …

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Why take the Social Innovation Concentration?

It’s an exciting time to be an MBA with a social conscience. What problem could you take on? Whatever it is, the …

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‘Emancipatory’ social entrepreneurship

In addition to generating money, entrepreneurial activity by women in the developing world can build confidence and change broader societal attitudes, says …

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Gender and the US military

Some positive steps have been made to improve gender equality in the American military, but some simple further steps could achieve much …

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The social enterprise greenhouse

When it comes to starting social enterprises, Paul Tracey and Neil Stott “would love to see a thousand flowers bloom”. But doing …

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Cambridge Social Innovation Blog

Posts from our guest authors and our staff on social innovation.

Social innovation sparks creativity

Creativity, or ‘the production of novel and useful ideas in any domain’[1] is widely recognised as a source of competitive advantage when delivered as innovation in business. Many businesses try to encourage lateral thinking, in the knowledge that exposure to new, different and interesting provocation can enhance creativity. But are there particular types of stimulus […]

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Miranda Essex
Miranda Essex

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Sustaining social and business objectives simultaneously

To achieve social and business objectives, leaders need to build guardrails and adopt paradoxical frames, argue Wendy Smith and Marya Besharov in this blog based on their research on a leading social enterprise. As our world cries out for repair, organisations have responded. For-profit businesses are adopting socially responsible programs and practices. Nonprofit organisations are […]

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Wendy Smith & Marya Besharov
Wendy Smith & Marya Besharov

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Entrepreneurship for development

This blog explores an interesting, yet contentious example of an organisation promoting an entrepreneurship-initiative for rural development. It highlights the difficulties of introducing a set of Western market-practices into a non-Western context – namely Tanzania. Economic development in rural Tanzania may be key to alleviating the negative consequences of rapid urbanisation and to addressing the […]

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William Lightfoot & Laura Claus
William Lightfoot & Laura Claus

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The challenges for social enterprise

Neil Stott, Chief Executive of the Keystone Development Trust, talks about the challenges of retaining social and financial returns on investment in …

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Your vote can help solve world hunger

A Cambridge Judge Business School team of students is competing in the Hult Global Case Challenge. Here they speak about their idea …

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The motivation to deliver social value give social enterprises a competitive advantage

As government budgets around the world come under increasing pressure, there is renewed interest in what public services can be better delivered …

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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC: Want to help? First research

Proper research is vital in helping poverty stricken populations in developing countries, says Sir Fazle Hasan Abed The Chairman and Founder of …

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Caring from the community

The vulnerable elderly could be one group to benefit if new models of social enterprise were funded and developed sooner rather than …

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The Social Innovation Concentration, on the Cambridge MBA

Professor Paul Tracey draws together his wide network of leaders in the sector to deliver the highly personalised Social Innovation Concentration on …

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Stefano Scarpetta, OECD: Youth unemployment and skill mismatch

A Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) panel discussion entitled ‘Job Mismatch and the Pursuit of Talent’ prompted a variety of …

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Technology Transfer, Spin-offs and Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurship and technology transfer: how to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners?

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