Knowledge Management & Social Entrepreneurship

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "International Entrepreneurship".

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Special Issue Editors

Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
Interests: entrepreneurship education; big data analysis; smart tourism destination; entrepreneurhsip

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The nature of development has changed radically with the increasing knowledge intensity of the contemporary economy. Competitiveness and innovation are highly dependent on processes of intense knowledge dynamism (Fachinelli et al., 2014) aiming to transform and reconfigure knowledge assets, competencies, and resources in an innovative way and to fully exploit the potential for growth.

A strategic way to foster and support innovation and development is to access, explore, and exploit knowledge via collaboration with external partners as well as within domestic and across international contexts (Welter et al. 2019).

Knowledge exploration and exploitation have become the most critical factors to serve as conduits for innovation and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the proliferation of digital technologies has drastically changed the setting of knowledge exploration and exploitation (Li et al. 2016).

While numerous studies have focused on providing evidence of the role of knowledge management in entrepreneurship, little research has been conducted in relation to KM practices and social entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship is attracting the attention of researchers, giving its social importance and outcomes (Mahto, Belousova and Ahluwalia, 2020; Rey-Martí et al., 2016) as a way to provide answers and solutions to social issues.

Social entrepreneurship consists of “creating social value creation through activities enhancing societal well-being and generating economic value for sustainability” (Dwevidi and Weerawardena, 2018).

Indeed, social entrepreneurship exploits knowledge and technological solutions to transform society by addressing or solving societal or environmental issues. Therefore, it is important to encourage researchers to investigate and explore issues at the intersection of KM and social entrepreneurship. Considering these trends, the aim of this Special Issue is to invite academics to submit novel articles that include conceptual, empirical, analytical, or design-oriented approaches related, but not limited to the following research questions:

  • What is the role of technology for social entrepreneurship and KM?
  • What are some new emerging business models that sustain the intersection between KM and social entrepreneurship?
  • What is the interlink between knowledge management and entrepreneurship in the digital age?
  • What are the most relevant KM processes that support social entrepreneurship?
  • Which are the main factors impacting the optimal exploitation of knowledge for social entrepreneurship?
  • How can social entrepreneurship contribute to the post COVID-19 recovery of society?

Prof. Dr. Valentina Ndou
Dr. Gioconda Mele
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Knowledge Management
  • Tics and Knowledge Management
  • Knowledge assets, competencies and resources
  • Knowledge exploration and exploitation
  • Collaboration with external partners
  • Relation to Knowledge Management practices and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Importance of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Outcomes of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Tics and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Intersection of Knowledge Management and Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Role of technology for Social entrepreneurship and Knowledge Management
  • Most relevant Knowledge Management processes that support Social Entrepreneurship
  • Contribution of Social entrepreneurship to the recovery of society in Covid-19 Era
  • Value creation
  • Innovation
  • Cross-cultural research

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New Business Education Model for Entrepreneurial HEIs: University of Tirana Social Innovation and Internationalization
Adm. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11040122 - 26 Oct 2021
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Educational needs are changing worldwide. Social aspects and the impact of knowledge and education on changing society are already taken into consideration from some viewpoints. However, the social impact of different models of education that bring new knowledge in innovative ways and the [...] Read more.
Educational needs are changing worldwide. Social aspects and the impact of knowledge and education on changing society are already taken into consideration from some viewpoints. However, the social impact of different models of education that bring new knowledge in innovative ways and the application of social entrepreneurship still need be investigated. The main question that this study addressed is how higher education institutions (HEIs) will approach the new era, in relation to knowledge needs and their social impact, and which model allows HEIs to become more entrepreneurial and follow social entrepreneurship. The paper contributes to addressing challenges and opportunities that universities (especially those located in developing countries) face in their pathway to developing social entrepreneurship education with the aim of increasing their value creation capacity. Through a case study analysis, this paper highlights the relevance of knowledge creation, circulation, and transfer among different stakeholders for universities to shift towards an entrepreneurial and innovative perspective. The findings of this research highlight the relevance of social innovation, knowledge development processes, and wide and collaborative national and international networks as essential elements in paving the way for universities to become entrepreneurial universities. Full article
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Social Entrepreneurship Education: A Combination of Knowledge Exploitation and Exploration Processes
Adm. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11040112 - 11 Oct 2021
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It is widely accepted that entrepreneurship education has become a key development priority for coping with uncertainty and for addressing various social, economic, and technological concerns related to health, living conditions, education systems, employment, and economic growth. In recent times we have witnessed [...] Read more.
It is widely accepted that entrepreneurship education has become a key development priority for coping with uncertainty and for addressing various social, economic, and technological concerns related to health, living conditions, education systems, employment, and economic growth. In recent times we have witnessed a proliferation of Entrepreneurship Education (EE) programs and initiatives with the aim to promote the creation of new skills, competencies, and capabilities to deal with a wide range of social issues and for creating new societal. The COVID-19 pandemic situation has introduced radical challenges to the society and has impacted significantly, especially the process of entrepreneurial competencies, skills and attitudes development. This paper aims to provide insights into knowledge mechanisms and learning strategies that have been activated for the effective creation of entrepreneurship competencies. We have based our evaluation on an exploratory analysis of 10 program studies that deliver social entrepreneurship education. The paper presents elements of originality under two perspectives: it proposes a framework with the main patterns characterizing social entrepreneurship education (SEE), and it argues that the creation of an entrepreneurship mindset and competencies is an evolutionary process that combines dynamic knowledge exploitation and exploration mechanisms. Full article
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