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14. Summit

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Fil. Dr. Jan-Urban Sandal in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


Tid: Friday 21. January 2011, 08:00 – 13:00
Sted: PFI, Høgskoleringen 6b, NTNU Gløshaugen, Trondheim

The objective of this seminar is twofold:
To identify the relevant research questions related to social entrepreneurship in Norway
To give recommendations to academic institutions in Norway developing educational programs in social entrepreneurship

Broadly defined, social entrepreneurship encompasses the activities and processes undertaken to discover, define and develop opportunities in order to enhance social wealth by creating new ventures or managing existing organizations in an innovative manner.
In the knowledge triangle connecting research, education and innovation, the entrepreneur functions as a catalyst by bringing the three elements together in a new enterprise. Entrepreneurs create and identify opportunities to apply knowledge in ways that make it accessible to the general public. As laid out in the Lund Declaration, European research needs to focus on the grand challenges facing the world. The new generation of entrepreneurs needs to be equipped to translate knowledge and ideas into products and services that will tackle the grand challenges and usher a sustainable and just society.
Norway is lagging behind in social entrepreneurial activity. In a report conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Norway ranks near the bottom as number 32 out of 49 countries. The low activity level in Norway merits attention.
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging academic field that lacks the clear epistemology of established fields. There are very few research programs and research-based courses offered at Norwegian academic institutions.
How can research and education enhance the effectiveness of measures taken to educate, facilitate, strengthen and invest in social entrepreneurs and social innovation?



08:00 Registration and Coffee


Introduction by Fil. Dr. Jan-Urban Sandal
Welcome and opening remarks by Rector Torbjørn Digernes, NTNU


Why do we need social entrepreneurship? Opportunities and challenges in
developing the field of social entrepreneurship by Lillian Strand, Project Manager, NTNU


Research and education on social entrepreneurship. Experiences from other
Candida Brush, Babson College/ Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU
Linda Lundgaard Andersen, Roskilde University
Daniel Hjorth, Copenhagen Business School

View presentations 08:30 - 11:00

11:00 Coffee break



Views on research and education on social entrepreneurship in Norway. What
are the relevant issues, and how to meet them?
Panel discussion led by Lars Øystein Widding, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU
Nina Sindre, Senior Advisor, Staff for Research, NTNU
Johan E. Hustad, Pro-Rector for Innovation and External Affairs, NTNU
Eline Synneva Lorentzen Ingstad, University of Oslo
Elin M. Oftedal, University of Tromsø
Jan-Urban Sandal, summit coordinator

View presentations 11:20 - 13:00

13:00 Lunch
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About the invited speakers:


Dr. Linda Lundgaard Andersen is the director of the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (Center for Socialt Entreprenørskab, CSE) based in the Department of Psychology and Lifelong Learning at Roskilde University and also directs the PhD-school of Lifelong Learning and Social Psychology. As a learning theorist she has been the principal investigator of more than 17 national research grants on education, learning and social innovation in social entrepreneurship and welfare services. She is an executive commitee member of the International Research Group in Psycho-Societal Analysis (IRGPSA), corresponding editor of Journal of Social Work Practice and has been the editor and co-editor of several Danish and international books – latest Socialt entreprenørskab, published by University Press of Southern Denmark.
The Centre carries out education, knowledge sharing and research activities in the area of social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, welfare studies and civil society. It has pioneered Europe's first Masters in Social Entrepreneurship with 50 mature students from the public, private and third sector. Its international team of academics supports the 2 year part-time programme of studies. CSE conducts national and international research, offers a master’s programme, a doctoral programme, courses, educational activities and capacity building, publications and knowledge transfer and dissemination – all within areas of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and third sector. The centre has a leading position in developing university courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship in collaborative forms with local and national partners, Nordic partners as Malmö Högskola and Lund’s University – as well as a leading position in the EMES research and collaborative network. CSE has also established an extensive research programme for doctoral students within social entrepreneurship. CSE has a strong international position since its founder is the president of EMES (a European network of researcher in social enterprises) and a founding board member. CSE has recently hosted the 2. International Summer School in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and solidarity economy developed by EMES and CSE gathering 50 international doctoral students and researchers and in July 2011 CSE is part of the scientific committee and hosts the 3 EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprises. CSE is also developing and active part of international and Nordic research networks – including practitioners – with participants from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland as well from England, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium. Recently Dr. Linda Lundgaard Andersen has received a 3 year NordForsk researchers’ network grant leading 70 junior and senior researchers in social entrepreneurship from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Estonia.



Dr. Candida G. Brush is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and holder of the Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She is also Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division, Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center, and a Visiting Adjunct Professor to the Norwegian School of Engineering and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. For two years, she was a Research Affiliate to Jonkoping International Business School, Jonkoping, Sweden.
She received her DBA from Boston University, an MBA from Boston College and a BA from the University of Colorado. In Fall 2010, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Business and Economics from the Jonkoping 
University in Jonkoping, Sweden for her outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship research.

She is a founding member of the Diana Project International, a research collaborative of scholars from 35 countries studying growth and financing strategies of women entrepreneurs world-wide. With her four co-researchers, she was named the 2007 recipient of the FSF- Swedish Research Foundation International Award for Outstanding Research Contributions in the Field of Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Brush is the author of seven books, 22 book chapters and 97 articles published in scholarly journals. She was on the founding team for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) a national study exploring start-up processes of nascent entrepreneurs, and was a co-recipient of the National Science Foundation Award as part of this research. She is the recipient of the Entrepreneurship Mentor Award, given by the National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division in recognition for her support and mentorship of doctoral students and new faculty researchers in the Entrepreneurship field. In 2008, she was inducted as a 21st Century Scholar by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. She has served on more than 15 PhD dissertation committees and mentored more than 25 doctoral students.
She is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Women’s Business Research and Children Without Borders (Costa Rica), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women in Enterprise. She is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels and an active angel investor, serving on several boards of early stage private companies. She has advised hundreds of student businesses and new venture teams over the past 25 years.

Dr. Daniel Hjorth (Dr.Ph.) is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisation, Research Director of the Management research group, and Study Program Co-ordinator for the social science master program in 'Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School.
Daniel is the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and co-editor of the International Review of Management, guest editor of several special journal issues, and author and editor of several books including, Rewriting Entrepreneurship (2003), Entrepreneurship and the Experience Economy (2007), and co-editor of the New Movements in Entrepreneurship book series: New Movements in Entrepreneurship (2003), Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship (2004), Entrepreneurship as Social Change (2006), and The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship (2009). Daniel is also member of the centre for Art and Leadership at Copenhagen Business School, and chairing the organisational committee of the Copenhagen Innovation Symposium.
His research interests cover entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, organisational creativity and innovation, philosophy of management, design and writing.

Dr. Johan Einar Hustad is Prorector for Innovation and external relations at NTNU.
He has extensive experience as a researcher, manager and entrepreneur. Johan has been a head of section and research manager at SINTEF and a Department Director of the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU. He was central in establishing the Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE), a 
collaboration between NTNU, SINTEF and IFE. He managed the Nordic Research Group within solid fuels for four years as a Nordic Research Professor. He has been an activity leader in the International Energy Agency, Bioenergy Agreement – Combustion Activity. Hustad is a part-time CEO and Chairman of the Board for 3 Start up companies.

His present research activities are within biomass conversion (combustion, gasification and pyrolysis) and emission reductions from combustion processes in general (in particular NOx emissions and particulates), biomass gasification and hot gas cleanup (including recent work within fuel cells utilizing syngas from biomass gasification), biomass pyrolysis and precursors for NOx emissions (mainly HCN and NH3), pellet production and additives in combustion of high alkali biomass fuels, biofuels (biobased FT-diesel + combustion in engines).
As prorector at NTNU he takes special interest in entrepreneurship and innovation, and has started several initatives to strengthen this aspect of the university.

Eline Synneva Lorentzen Ingstad is a Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo. Her PhD project is about Social entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy, focusing on strategies in the scaling process and how different actors contribute in order to secure and grow the social impact. She has participated at the Babson Doctoral Consortium and the 2.EMES PhD Summer School on Social entrepreneurship, hosted by Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Roskilde. At the Center for Entrepreneurship, UiO, she has participated in the development of a 30 ECTS study program in social entrepreneurship, which includes a 3 months internship in social entrepreneurship organizations in Cape Town. Eline teaches an introductory course in social entrepreneurship, which is a parts of this study program. Eline has been a member of the jury in several social entrepreneurship business plan competitions, and she volunteers for Ashoka in Norway. She is very dedicated to the development of this field in Norway.

Elin M. Oftedal holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Bodø Graduate School of Business. Her first job after MSC studies was at a small company providing health tools called Alu Rehab. Her responsibilites was having responsibility for the export for Scandinavia, Italy and Japan. During her PhD studies she was a visiting scholar to the University of Texas, Austin. Back in Norway she worked with strategies for innovation and knowledge at Greater Stavanger Economic Development. Further, she worked on project within change management, corporate social responsibility and innovation at University of Stavanger.
Seeking adventure brought her to Asian University, Thailand where she was lucky to work with the Social Enterprise; PDA. Now she is employed as associate professor at the University of Tromsø where she will engage herself in working with entrepreneurship, leadership, organisation and innovation (The ELOI-group). Her recent academic interest: clean tech Innovation and social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and management.

Lars Øystein Widding is an associate professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the director of the NTNU Entrepreneurship School. He holds a dr. oecon degree from Bodø Graduate School of Business. He graduated from Lillehammer College (1995) and holds a cand. merc, a two year advanced graduate program in business with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship from Bodø Graduate School of Business (1999).
His special research interests are entrepreneurship and knowledge management in New Technology Based Firms (NTBFs). During recent years Widding has been involved in several projects within the subject entrepreneurship, knowledge and finance. He was a member of the Norwegian team responsible for Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) (2000, 2001), "Risk capital and the demand-side" (2001) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and "Demand and supply of risk capital", a project organized by Bodø Science Park, sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. Dr Widding has also 9 years of manager practice, both from public and private sectors.
Widding coordinates a project on social entrepreneurship for sustainable development funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s INDNOR program, where the objective is to establish an international research consortium with Indian and other international partners to develop a research agenda on social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

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