Johanna Mair cited as a leading social entrepreneurship scholar

University of Texas professor identifies Hertie School's Mair as thought leader in the field social entrepreneurship.

When University of Texas professor Mark Hand tried to assemble a syllabus for his social entrepreneurship course in 2014, he found himself in uncharted waters – there was no clearly identifiable core of academic research in this relatively new field.  So he set out to research the research.

Taking around 500 articles on from the academic platform Thomson Reuters Web of Science, and using data analysis tools, he was able to identify the most often co-cited and therefore most  influential research in social entrepreneurship.  Topping the list was Hertie School professor Johanna Mair.

Besides the number one article, Social Entrepreneurship Research: A Source of Explanation, Prediction, and DelightJournal of World Business (2006), co-authored by Ignasi Marti, two of Mair’s other papers were among the top 25: Entrepreneurship In and Around Institutional Voids: A Case Study from Bangladesh,  Journal of Business Venturing (2009, also with Marti, and  Social Entrepreneurship: Creating New Business Models to Serve the PoorBusiness Horizons (2005), co-authored by Moshe Sharir.

Hand’s analysis also showed that practitioners of social entrepreneurship are not drawing on a clearly identifiable body of academic scholarship in their work, even though governments and investors are paying ever more attention to the field. 

Read more about Mark Hand's findings in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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