Abel Diaz Gonzalez

Abel Diaz Gonzalez
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Department of Business (BUSI)

Ph.D. in Business Economics

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Abel Diaz Gonzalez holds a PhD in Business Economic from the Solvay Business School at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium and is Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Vesalius College. His research focuses on the supportive ecosystems for Social Entrepreneurs and the role of universities in such ecosystems. Abel is actively involved in capacity building projects between European and Latin American Universities, such as ELANET (www.elanet-se.org) funded by the EU commission

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This paper investigates the role that universities play in supporting social entrepreneurs (SEs) across their ecosystem. Adopting the Resource-Based View (RBV) approach, we argue that universities attract, mobilise and deploy multiple resources that benefit SEs through four main mechanisms (i.e. teaching, research, outreach and development of partn...
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University-Industry collaboration (UIC) literature is largely documented with Western European or North-American evidence, where universities are rich in resources and have well-developed R&D infrastructure. Likewise, our knowledge remains limited about UIC in emerging countries, where research resources and R&D are scarce. In this article, we addr...
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Este Libro reúne las experiencias compartidas en la Cumbre de Emprendimiento Social “Juntos podemos crear un mundo mejor”, en inglés The Social Entrepreneurship Summit “Together we can create a better world”, donde académicos, estudiantes, líderes empresariales, funcionarios gubernamentales y emprendedores sociales, unidos en este espacio, intercam...
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Purpose – SEs often face various challenges whereby they rely on the support of others to realize their objectives. In this context, ecosystem thinking is very helpful to understand how various stakeholders can assist SEs. The goal of this paper is to develop a classification of the different types of support that third parties can provide to SEs....
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This book provides what it promises to the reader, i.e. A financial guide for social entrepreneurs. It departs from the challenges that social entrepreneurs face to fund their ventures. We discuss three main challenges in this context: 1. Access to funding; 2. Complexity of business models; 3. Predominant focus on social impact. This book offers...
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Universities are considered as important actors in ecosystems supporting social entrepreneurs due to their resources and intellectual property, based on scientific research. Such a view is based on discussions drawing on evidence in Western economies, i.e. mainly North America and Europe. However, this view is irrelevant to many developing countrie...
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Most of the relevant studies in Academic Entrepreneurship attempt to explain the importance of the role of universities in economic growth. A reason for the above is that universities generate research-based intellectual property, which can be later transferred to the industry or transformed into a university spin-off company. However, the scientif...
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This call for paper encourages submissions from participants to the New Business Models Conference in Graz Universität, Austria on 20-23 June 2017 (http://new-business-models.uni-graz.at/en/). Although participation to the conference is recommended, it is not a precondition for publication. The main topic of the conference is related to the “changi...
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Collaborative online platforms in support of social entrepreneurs have not yet been discussed as a tool of universities in their role as incubators within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurship, as the driving force of socio-economic development, receives quite a lot of attention from universities, both from a knowledge and technology poin...

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Guest editors Nikolay A. Dentchev, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) Abel Diaz Gonzalez, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) Xaver Neumeyer, University of North Carolina Wilmington (US) We invite the scholarly community, specifically those interested in topics related to Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, CSR, and Stakeholder management and Business ethics to contribute to this Call for Papers. We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines and methodologies, including literature reviews, theoretical-, conceptual-, and empirical papers to provide answers to the following (non exhaustive) questions: - What are the relationships between social innovation, social entrepreneurship and ecosystem thinking? - What are the main theories that can be employed to study SI in the ecosystem context? - Which are the most relevant actors and their contributions to ecosystems for SI? - Are there new / emerging frameworks to describe the elements and mechanisms that foster the output of Sis in ecosystems? - What are the governance mechanisms that could be identified in an ecosystem for SI? - What are the critical resources and capabilities that organizations and institutions offer to ecosystem for SI? - What type of support is offered by the ecosystem for SI to social innovators?
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The Social Entrepreneurship Summit –SES– brings together academics, students, business leaders, government officials and social entrepreneurs to co-create solutions to the most challenging issues of our society. This summit aims at gathering all different actors to foster the collaboration among themselves and to intensify the hands-off support to social entrepreneurs. The summit is organized by Equalisi BVBA, in cooperation with the Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and ESPAE Escuela de Negocios (Ecuador). Last year, SES was held in Santa Marta (Colombia) with more than 120 participants, of which 70 presentations from 15 different countries and 30 participants in the fair. We are proud to present the SES2020 edition to be held virtually with the title “Innovative solutions for a sustainable tomorrow”. For two days, participants in the summit will exchange ideas on how to develop innovative solutions for the sustainability challenges that our societies face. At the summit, participants will benefit from the provoking talks of distinguished Key Note Speakers, as well as from direct contact with numerous social entrepreneurs at the social entrepreneurship fair.
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https://www.newbusinessmodels.org/ This conference is dedicated to presentations, discussions, key note speeches and interactive business modelling workshops - all of them related to New Business Models in the context of Sustainable Development. Hence, researchers and students as well as practitioners from various backgrounds are invited to share their experiences and insights related to NBMs.