ISBE 2024: SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ETHICAL ENTERPRISE

Chairs: 

Dr Mike Bull, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Vicky Nowak, Manchester Metropolitan University

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In association with ISBE’s Social and Sustainable Enterprise Special Interest Group

Join here today. Membership of the SIG is open to ISBE members and non-members.

We are delighted to include a special session of the SEEE track led by the ZEE Network that will focus on just transition for SMEs. The Zero Emission Enterprise (ZEE) network is a research community focused on understanding and promoting the role of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the transition to Net Zero. You can find out more at: https://zeenetwork.co.uk/. Papers accepted to ZEE sessions will also be considered for potential submission to a Special Issue of the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) on the theme of SME climate action: policy and governance for transformative change.

The SEE track is particularly interested in ethical, social and/or environmental enterprise as a context for research. The track is divided into three main sub-themes:

• Social and community enterprise/innovation and entrepreneurship
• Sustainable/eco-entrepreneurship
• Ethics and social responsibility

These sub-themes cover topics that are attracting increasing attention from policy-makers, practitioners and the wider population. The ‘social’ sub-theme addresses contemporary issues in social, community, co-operative enterprise, business models, political economy, governance, hybridity and so forth. The ‘environmental’ sub-theme is concerned with the pursuit of environmentally-responsible opportunities, ecopreneurship and radical models that challenge prevailing assumptions about enterprise and growth, and so forth. The ethics sub-theme examines issues including the morality of enterprise, the virtuous entrepreneur, the growth of ethical markets and the opportunities they create and so forth.

We welcome new research, as well as papers grounded in established themes. We would be receptive to submissions that focus on the following broad themes:

• Entrepreneurial process
• Social, political, cultural and economic contexts
• Education
• Activity, behavioural, productive and performance-related dimensions
• Social Justice, creating, shaping and change agents.