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Research on Social Entrepreneurship

How does identity evolve in social mission organizations?  What impact does commercialisation have on the non-profit sector? Can management concepts be applied to civil society? How do hybrid organisational forms develop the more boundaries between sectors blur? Can complex systems theory and models be used to understand better institutional performance in public management?
These are only some of the questions that drives our research.

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Mapping Social Entrepreneurship in Ireland

There is a significant growth in interest in the concept of social innovation internationally amongst policymakers, foundations, researchers and academic institutions.  However, due to the nature of the concept (influenced substantially by political, social, cultural and economic contextual considerations depending on origin of opinion) finding a singular definition to the term can be problematic. In 2010, the Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship, Trinity College Dublin, carried out exploratory research to examine the characteristics, behaviours and facets of Irish Social Entrepreneurial Enterprises.

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Representative list of recent publications

Cannon, S.; G. Donnelly-Cox, Surviving the peace: Organisational responses to deinstitutionalisation of Irish peacebuilding, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44, (2), 2015, p360 – 378

Donnelly-Cox, G; S. Cannon; J. Harrison, Ireland Country Report: Eufori Study. European Foundations for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium, European Commission, 2015, 1-39 Report, 2015

Gemma Donnelly-Cox and Sheila M. Cannon, Responses of Non-profit Organisations to Altered Conditions of Support: The Shifting Irish Landscape, Voluntary Sector Review, 1, (2), 2010, p335 – 353

John A Healy and Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Scaling a winding path - The importance of understanding the adaptive processes by which social entrepreneurs influence social services, Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Conference, Osford, UK, 23-24 April 2015, 2015, pp1-24

Gemma Donnelly-Cox and Mary Lee Rhodes, How do Social Impact Bonds Affect the Creation of a Social and Sustainable Finance Ecosystem? The Case of Using SIBs to Tackle Long-term Homelessness in Dublin, Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Conference, Oxford, UK, 23-24 April 2015, 2015

Donnelly-Cox, G; S. Cannon; J. Harrison, Ireland Country Report: Eufori Study. European Foundations for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium, European Commission, 2015, 1-39 Report, 2015

Meek, J. and Rhodes, ML, Decision making in complex public service systems: Features and dynamics, Emergence: Complexity & Organization , 16, (1), 2014, p24 – 41

Rhodes, ML and Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Hybridity and Social Entrepreneurship in Social Housing in Ireland, Voluntas, (January), 2014
Crossan, Denise (2013) Giving Voice to Values: Education for Social Entrepreneurs in, editor(s)Gentile, Mary , Educating for Values-Driven Leadership Across the Curriculum: Giving Voice To Values, USA, Business Expert Press