One of the critical roles we play in the social enterprise sector is that of encouraging high-quality research. The projects that we support contribute to a deeper understanding of the connections between business models and practices, organizational and market structures, and critical societal outcomes. Our faculty are engaged in several research projects that will advance knowledge in these important domains. At the same time, we will host periodic conferences to create forums for the top scholars to exchange ideas. We will also look for ways to encourage the publication of high-quality research papers in the top management and related disciplinary journals.
Examples of the projects that are ongoing include:
Published and Forthcoming Research Papers
- Peter W. Roberts. 2012. "The profit orientation of microfinance institutions and effective interest rates." World Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.05.022.
- Schofer, Evan and Wesley Longhofer. 2011. "The structural sources of association." American Journal of Sociology 117(2): 539-585.
- Longhofer, Wesley and Evan Schofer. 2010. "National and global origins of environmental association." American Sociological Review 71(4): 505-533.
Other Research In Progress
- A comparative analysis of company-sponsored and independent foundations Helsinki (Justin Koushyar, Wesley Longhofer and Peter W. Roberts)
- Foundations of global giving: Examining the institutional origins of global grantmaking, 1970-2007 (Wesley Longhofer)
- Village Capital: Using Peer Support to Accelerate Impact Investing (Peter W. Roberts, Carol Gee and Ross Baird); winner of the 2011 NextBillion Case Writing Competition