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Social Enterprise Journal

Social Enterprise Journal

ISSN: 1750-8614

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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The challenges posed to capitalism by the global economic crisis of 2008 and the seemingly intractable problems of persistent poverty and rising inequality have focused attention on organizations that combine enterprise with an embedded social purpose. Social enterprise is a powerful global concept, describing businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in businesses or in the community. Scholarly interest in social enterprise has progressed beyond the early focus on definitions and context to investigate their formation, management, distinctive international differences, and social value creation. SEJ has been a trail blazer in the development of this field, being the first journal to focus specifically on this aspect on entrepreneurial activity. It continues to expand its influential position in the establishment and advancement of the field by encouraging interdisciplinary and critical studies of social enterprise.

The SEJ supports this advancement by deepening our understanding of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. We invite scholars and practitioners to examine the phenomena of social enterprise and present their research work to SEJ.


The editorial team has consciously chosen to open the door wide to all scholars from a range of disciplines publishing social enterprise research. The aim is to encourage knowledge sharing across disciplines to generate stronger research overall in the field. The SEJ will accept rigorous research papers that address key aspects. Issues of importance, which can be addressed at a global, national and/or individual social enterprise level, include but are not limited to:

  • Theorization of the nature of social enterprise
  • Regional and geographical dimensions of social enterprise
  • Strategic management in social enterprises
  • Social venture creation and social entrepreneurship
  • The sustainability of social enterprise
  • Measuring social value
  • Marketing in social enterprises
  • Growing and scaling social impact
  • Hybridity and conflicting logics
  • Public policy & social enterprise
  • Social investment
  • Social enterprise incubation and acceleration
  • The development of social enterprise as a field of study 


Social enterprise is increasingly recognized for its economic, social and environmental contribution to society. A wealth of research is emerging in this field. This journal provides a dedicated outlet for this research and a forum for debate. Our goal is to contribute to the theoretical development of knowledge in the field and to provide information of value to policy makers and practitioners.

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Social Enterprise Journal is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Business, Management & Strategy eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Business, Management & Strategy eJournals Collection page.

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