Social Entrepreneurship Doctoral Seminar




August 2nd-7th, 2020

In Vancouver, BC, Canada


A week-long seminar offered by the University of Oklahoma
that provides an in-depth survey of recent
Social Entrepreneurship scholarship


Student Experience

This course was quite all-encompassing and a very good opportunity to develop a better overview of the literature.
— Lien de Cuyper, Imperial College Business School, 2015 graduate
One of the main strengths of the class, for me, was the size. It was the perfect number of people to introduce a variety of perspectives, while allowing everyone to share their thoughts. The atmosphere you create by encouraging/directing the discussion really made it engaging.
— Chad Coffman, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2017 graduate
Professor Tom Lumpkin’s doctoral seminar gave me a fantastic grounding in social entrepreneurship research. It has also provided me with a great network of scholars working in the field. As a doctoral student, I left the seminar with a clearer understanding of (1), what work I would like to focus on during my PhD and (2), what type of academic I aspire to become. I therefore, highly recommend this seminar to doctoral students and academics interested in researching social entrepreneurship.
— Nkosana Mafico, University of Queensland, 2018 graduate
[The seminar] was one of those courses where everything just came together and made all my other courses make sense.
— Kelsey Hood Cattaneo, The New School, 2013 graduate
It was a unique and wonderful academic experience for me… The selection of papers was quite special, giving students who want a real immersion into the SE subject an opportunity to learn fast about what is out there and the main discussions around SE.
— Claudia Moura Romero, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, 2016 graduate
Would I recommend the course to a colleague? YES. It is so rare to find a place where SE research is approached well… I really enjoyed the structure and content of the 10 sessions.
— Thierry Amslem, Sorbonne University, 2012 graduate

Published Papers by Students Who Met in the SE Seminar

Ghosh Moulick, A., Alexiou, K., Dowin Kennedy, E., & Parris, D. L. (2019). A total eclipse of the heart: compensation strategies in entrepreneurial nonprofits. Journal of Business Venturing.

Mendoza-Abarca, K. I., & Gras, D. (2019). The performance effects of pursuing a diversification strategy by newly founded nonprofit organizations. Journal of Management, 45(3), 984-1008.

Bacq, S., & Alt, E. (2018). Feeling capable and valued: A prosocial perspective on the link between empathy and social entrepreneurial intentions. Journal of Business Venturing, 33(3), 333-350.

Craig, J., Parris, D., Newbert, S., & Moores, K. (2018). All the same but different: Understanding family enterprise heterogeneity. In E. Memili & C. Dibrell (Eds.), Heterogeneity among Family Firms. New York, NY: Palgrave.

Nason, R., Bacq, S., & Gras, D. (2018). A behavioral theory of social performance: Social identity and stakeholder expectations. Academy of Management Review, 43(2), 259-283.

Parris, D., Alexiou, K., Dowin Kennedy, E., & Linnane, M. A. (2018). Start with what you have: A leader’s path to innovation. Organization Dynamics, 47(4), 219-228.

Alt, E., & Craig, J. B. (2016). Selling issues with solutions: Igniting social intrapreneurship in for‐profit organizations. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5), 794-820.

Gras, D., & Mendoza-Abarca, K. I. (2014). Risky business? The survival implications of exploiting commercial opportunities by nonprofits. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(3), 392-404.

Chalmers, D. M., & Balan-Vnuk, E. (2013). Innovating not-for-profit social ventures: Exploring the microfoundations of internal and external absorptive capacity routines. International Small Business Journal, 31(7), 785-810.

Lumpkin, G. T., Moss, T. W., Gras, D. M., Kato, S., & Amezcua, A. S. (2013). Entrepreneurial processes in social contexts: How are they different, if at all? Small Business Economics, 40(3), 761-783.


Former Seminar Panelists

Sophie Bacq, Indiana University
Lowell Busenitz, University of Oklahoma
Justin Craig, Bond University
Tina Dacin, Queen’s University
David Gras, University of Tennessee
Geoffrey Kistruck, York University
Gideon Markman, Colorado State University
Jeffery McMullen, Indiana University
Scott Newbert, Baruch College
Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria
Ute Stephan, King's College London
David Townsend, Virginia Tech
Paul Tracey, University of Cambridge
Justin Webb, University of North Carolina, Charlotte




Important Dates:

Application period: March 1—April 1, 2020

Acceptance notification: April 10, 2020

First deliverables due: July 10, 2020

This seminar is designed as a broad survey of major and foundational topics in the field of social entrepreneurship (SE). Its objectives are three-fold:

  1. To familiarize you with some of the core concepts and primary theoretical underpinnings of the social entrepreneurship field

  2. To help you gain a stronger understanding of, and think critically about, the SE domain, including its research requirements and methods for publishing scholarly research

  3. To provide a forum where you can further develop the writing skills you will need as a social entrepreneurship scholar

Class sessions will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing readings associated with major topics in the field including an overview of social entrepreneurship and the ongoing debate about SE definitions, and key concepts related to social entrepreneurship including social value creation, SE at different levels of analysis, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, hybrid organizing, social impact measurement, and alternative theoretical lenses through which to view SE research.

To learn more, including application instructions and course details, please contact us.



Professor Tom Lumpkin
Tom Lumpkin headshot Tom Lumpkin, PhD is C.S. Trosper Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the Michael J. Price College of Business the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His primary research interests include entrepreneurial orientation, social entrepreneurship, and family business. He is a globally recognized scholar whose research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Family Business Review. Tom served as Co-Editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal for six years (2012-2017) and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Family Business Review.

In 2018, Tom received the Mentor Award from Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management which “recognizes exceptional mentoring activities at all educational levels in the field of entrepreneurship.” He is the 2009 recipient of the Foundational Paper award from the AOM Entrepreneurship Division for a “classic and highly influential contribution to entrepreneurship research that serves as a legacy for scholarly work in the field” for his paper “Clarifying the Entrepreneurial Orientation Construct and Linking it to Performance," published in 1996 (with Gregory G. Dess). A paper based on that research – “Entrepreneurial orientation and business performance: Assessment of past research and suggestions for the future” (with Andreas Rauch, Johan Wiklund and Michael Frese) – won the 2015 Greif Research Impact Award.
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Professor Sophie Bacq
2020 Co-Teacher
Sophie Bacq headshot Sophie Bacq, PhD is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. A leading scholar in social entrepreneurship, she investigates and theorizes about entrepreneurial action aiming to solve intractable social and environmental problems, at the individual, organizational and civic levels of analysis. Sophie has taught and conducted empirical research on the topic in Europe, the United States and South Africa. Her research has been published in the top management and entrepreneurship journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, California Management Review, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Small Business Management, and she has co-edited three books on social entrepreneurship. Sophie is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and Journal of Business Venturing. She is the co-Director of The Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, one of the premiere academic gatherings on the topic. She received her doctorate in Economic and Management Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).


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History of the SE Seminar


By 2009, it was clear that social entrepreneurship (SE) was quickly becoming an important topic for scholarly research. Young scholars and doctoral students especially expressed an interest in the topic, making it an ideal subject for a doctoral seminar. But as a specialty area within the rather small entrepreneurship domain, it was hard to imagine how we might generate enough doctoral student enrollments to justify a whole semester class.

A one-week intensive doctoral seminar format offered during the summer had proven to be an effective way to engage an international audience. Students would be asked to complete readings ahead of time, and then write a paper after the seminar, thus fulfilling the contact hours requirements for a 3 credit hour graduate course. We also decided to open a few slots to faculty who might like to learn about the burgeoning SE field.

It seemed to be worth a try, so we piloted the idea at Syracuse University in the summer of 2010. The class was deemed a success, so we decided to launch it on a larger scale. Because the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) was to be held at Syracuse University the following summer, it was decided to offer it the week following BCERC in Syracuse.

Buoyed by the 2011 success, the initial plan was to always pair the seminar with BCERC. But because students from many backgrounds, not just entrepreneurship, were interested in enrolling, we decided to piggyback the seminar on the Academy of Management meeting instead and to reach out to 5 different AOM Divisions to recruit students. This arrangement also created the opportunity to invite SE scholars attending AOM to participate in a panel discussion and then join the class for a closing dinner.

Over the years, a number of universities have considered hosting a separate offering of the seminar – in Europe or Asia. So far, that has only happened in the US – at the University of Louisville in 2017 and 2019. But the interest in trying other venues led to the decision to pair the seminar with BCERC again in 2018 so it could be offered in Ireland – the first time outside North America. As of today, we have linked the seminar to BCERC three times – including at the University of Oklahoma – and AOM six times.

SE Seminars, 2010-2019

2010 | Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University

2011 | Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University

*2012 | Boston, MA - Northeastern University

*2013 | Orlando, FL - Fairfield Inn

*2014 | Philadelphia, PA - Villanova University

2015 | Vancouver, BC - Simon Fraser University

*2016 | Anaheim, CA - Homewood Suites

2017 | Louisville, KY - University of Louisville

2017 | Norman, OK - University of Oklahoma

*2018 | Dublin, Ireland - Dublin City University

2019 | Louisville, KY - University of Louisville

**2019 | Cambridge, MA - Harvard University

*Co-Taught with Professor Justin Craig

**Co-Taught with Professor Sophie Bacq


View past participants in the SE Doctoral Seminar