Laurent Picard Distinguished Lecture: Johanna Mair

Thursday, March 21, 2024 10:30to12:00
Donald E. Armstrong Building Room 365 & 370, 3420 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 3L1, CA

Revisiting Perspectives on Social Enterprise: A Phenomenon-Based Inquiry of Advocacy Engagement

Presented by Johanna Mair

Professor of Organization, Strategy, and Leadership at the Hertie School

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Time: 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Location: Armstrong 365 & 370

Participants are invited for a buffet from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.


In this session, we revisit and advance current perspectives on research on social enterprise. Why have we blanked out political aspects of organizations tackling societal challenges in management research? To address this question, we will report on a study on advocacy engagement of social enterprises in seven countries. The study contributes by theorizing a widespread yet poorly understood practice, enriching conceptions of market-based activity and hybrid organizing and highlighting the value of phenomenon-based approaches for studying organizations addressing complex societal challenges.

About Johanna Mair

Johanna Mair is a Professor of Organization, Strategy, and Leadership at the Hertie School in Berlin. Her research focuses on the nexus of organizations, institutions, and societal challenges. Her recent work centers on mechanisms enabling organizations to transform social systems and progress on social problems. She is the academic editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review and co-directs the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She has co-directed the Social Innovation + Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, has served on the faculty at IESE Business School, and has held a visiting position at the Harvard Business School and INSEAD. Her book Innovation and Scaling – How effective Social Entrepreneurs create Impact (Stanford University Press, 2017) co-authored with Christian Seelos has won the 2017 Terry McAdam Award at ARNOVA and the 2018 ONE Outstanding Book Award at the Academy of Management Meeting. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Research in Organizational Behavior, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Nature Human Behavior, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. In addition, her work has been featured in the Financial Times and Forbes Magazine.

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