Accountability for Social Impact

Organisation Studies

Speaker:Greg molecke, Grenoble School of Management
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 13:30
Location: Building One, Pearson Teaching Room

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To fulfill external accountability expectations social impact measurement has become an important practice for social enterprises. Yet, the ambiguity around social impact and its measurement leads to a friction among stakeholders involved in a social enterprise. Based on interviews with small-to-medium-sized social enterprises, this paper investigates how social entrepreneurs handle the increasing pressure to measure social impact with formal methodologies through a bricolage lens. The findings show how social enterprises combine material and ideational bricolage as well as seek to delegitimize formal methodologies to increase the legitimacy of their bricolaged approaches for social impact measurement. Greg is a Research Fellow with the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC Business School (Paris). He researches how nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and their supporters evaluate, account for, and value their social impact. Once these accounts and valuations of social impact are created, he further investigates how they are cognitively understood and interpreted during strategic decision-making processes and how they are used to demonstrate and construct legitimacy and to justify financial support. In addition to these endeavors, Greg also has over 10 years of experience in people, project, and program management at a Fortune 50 media and entertainment company, an energy company, a hospital, and a research university.