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Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance: Theory and Practice in Challenging Times (SIBRM9)
Dr. Nathalie Colasanti (nathalie.colasanti@uniroma2.it)
   University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Dr. Monica Freitas (mfreitas@fcsh.unl.pt)
   Nova University of Lisbo (Portugal)
Dr. Noemi Rossi (noemi.rossi@unirc.it)
   UniversitA degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy)
Aim of the Special Issue
The aim of this special issue is to investigate how socially innovative approaches (i.e. social entrepreneurship, social finance and the paradigm of social innovation itself) can contribute to navigate changing and challenging times, where boundaries between different sectors become increasingly blurred and the public, private and civil society find growing benefits in cooperation (Bovaird and Loeffler, 2012; Bovaird, 2007; Scherer and Palazzo, 2011). The Covid-19 pandemic makes it even more urgent to find appropriate responses to social needs and to promote collaborative practices across all social sectors. The issue will blend theory and practice together, since socially innovative approaches are often rooted in practice and tend to emerge from the bottom-up (Colasanti et al., 2021; Giuliani et al., 2018). In this context, it is important to understand the new experiences on social entrepreneurship and social finance which have recently emerged. According to the Social Impact Bond database (https://sibdatabase.socialfinance.org.uk/), 138 impacts bonds were launched so far all over the world, raising more than $440 million in capital and impacting close to 1.8 million lives; more than 70 social impact bonds are currently in development. For what concerns social enterprises, providing data about them is more difficult as they often fall under existing labels (such as social cooperatives) and not all countries have specific regulations regarding them. However, estimates indicate there are around 430.000 social enterprises across Europe (European Commission, 2020).

Background to the special issue
The special issue is rooted in the theory of social innovation (Howaldt and Schwarz, 2010; Mulgan et al., 2007; Murray et al., 2010) and in the importance of cross-sector collaboration (Bovaird and Loeffler, 2012) which builds new relationships in the process of finding better answers to unsatisfied (or poorly satisfied) social needs. Social entrepreneurship and social finance are two interesting examples of blending traditional private-sector practices with socially-oriented objectives, in the aspiration of amending the shortcomings of certain capitalistic mechanisms.

Possible Themes and Topics
The special issue will welcome articles linked to, but not limited to, the following topics:
- social innovation theory;
- the impact of Covid-19 on socially innovative practices;
- social innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare;
- social finance: innovative tools and their impact;
- contributions from practitioners,
- the impact of the public policies on social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

List of References
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Bovaird T., Loeffler E. “From Engagement to Co-production: The Contribution of Users and Communities to Outcomes and Public Value.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-profit Organizations, vol. 23(4), pp. 1119-1138, 2012.
Colasanti N., Fantauzzi C., Frondizi R. “Innovating public service delivery through crowdsourcing: what role for the Third Sector and civil society?” International Journal of Business Research and Management, vol. 12(1), pp. 1-15, 2021.
European Commission. Social entreprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2020.
Giuliani V., Colasanti N., Frondizi R., Barreca M. “Civic crowdfunding, social marketing and the co-creation of public value” Mercati & Competitività , vol. 2, pp.109-130, 2018.
Howaldt J., Schwarz M. Social Innovation: Concepts, research fields and international trends. Dortmund: IMO international monitoring, 2010.
Mulgan G., Tucker S., Ali R. and Sanders B. Social innovation: What it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated, London: Basingstoke Press, 2007.
Murray R., Caulier-Grice J. and Mulgan G. The Open Book of Social Innovation, London: The Young Foundation and NESTA, 2010.
Scherer A.G. and Palazzo G. “The New Political Role of Business in a Globalized World: A Review of a New Perspective on CSR and its Implications for the Firm, Governance and Democracy” Journal of Management Studies vol. (48)4, pp. 899-931, 2011.