Nikolay A. Dentchev

Nikolay A. Dentchev
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Department of Business (BUSI)

PhD
Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE) & University of National and World Economy (BG)

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Introduction
Nikolay A. Dentchev is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. He holds the Solvay Business School Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at VUB, with founding partners Close the Gap, BNP Paribas Fortis and Euroclear. In addition, Nikolay has more than 12 years of experience in support of student entrepreneurs to develop their business. Currently, Nikolay's research interests are related to social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, the role of governments in CSR, and the implementation of CSR strategies.

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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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Purpose: This literature review aims to answer the calls for further exploration of scaling challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurs (SEs). We address the scaling issue of social entrepreneurship through the theoretical lens of sustainable business models. Methodology: This paper investigates, on a multilevel approach, 340 journal art...
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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: We illustrate how cross-disciplinarity in business model research (multi-, inter-and transdisciplinarity) can help scholars overcome silo-building and span disciplinary boundaries. The seven articles contained in the special issue 'Fostering Cross-Disciplinarity in Business Model Research' are summarised, and the authors' perspectives on t...
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We Need Transdisciplinary Research on Sustainable Business Models Abstract Purpose This paper explores the challenges sustainable business model (SBM) studies may face related to the information gathered during the data collection process, and elaborates on how transdisciplinary research can help to overcome these challenges. Our contribution is ba...
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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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Purpose Most strategies for managing conflicts between social and commercial objectives of social enterprises are discussed either at the individual or at the team level of analysis. This paper aims to argue in favor of taking into account both levels of analysis at the same time. It furthermore aims to unravel how management strategies at the indi...
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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 perspective calls for building greater understanding of the role that entrepreneurship plays in addressing the challenges to resource and waste management imposed by COVID-19. We contend that researchers and practitioners need to recognize that entrepreneurs are important change agents who will help in the transition to a more sustainable and...
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Research findings highlight the need to complement scientific literature on Entrepreneurship with studies about the individuals drawn to Spin-Off companies as employees. These individuals are known as Joiners. Scientific literature on organizational learning suggests that individuals, other than the founders in entrepreneurial teams gain knowledge,...
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E-waste has become among the fastest growing municipal wastes in the world. Therefore, attention to this waste stream, and its effective processing, deserves our attention. We will argue in this chapter that effective e-waste management is based on the cooperative relations between all actors involved. We base our arguments in favour of cooperative...
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The principle of voluntarism dominates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) literature. However, this principle does not correspond with the empirical evidence of the role of governments in the CSR field. Moreover, studies discuss various regulatory mechanisms to stimulate CSR as used by government, businesses, and society. Since the debates on CS...
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Investigating the benefits of sustainable business models for our societies is an important and timely topic. This Special Volume contributes to current research by exploring a variety of sustainable models in use around the world. The accepted articles provide an overview of the various organizational forms, management mechanisms, sustainability s...
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A substantial part of the world population lives at the "bottom of the pyramid" (BOP). More than 700 million people, or 10.7% of the world population, live in extreme poverty, with an income of less than 1.9 USD per day (World Bank Group, 2016). When using a threshold income of 2.5 USD per day to define poverty, more than 3 billion people, or more...
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Traditional stakeholder research typically departs from organisation-centric or issue-centric approaches. However, using these approaches for stakeholder identification lacks rigor and comprehensiveness, since these approaches cannot be used to embrace the complexity and dynamics of the organizational constituents. To address this gap, we propose a...
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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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The paper elaborates on various policy instruments for sustainable and efficient household waste management applied in Belgium and Bulgaria. Moreover, our aim is to find out which are the successful factors for effective implementation of important policy instruments that lead to more efficient and sustainable household waste management. To achieve...
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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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Sustainable business models do not focus primarily on profits, but rather on social or environmental issues. The rising number of enterprises with such a purpose, not only shakes up our understanding of what businesses are supposed to do, but also reshapes our understanding of business logics. These new ways of business are intriguing to both busin...
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Deadlines: SV-development phases Brussels Workshop: May 13, 2016 (abstract submission 31 March) Submission of extended abstracts: June 1, 2016 Feedback of extended abstracts: July 1, 2016 Manuscript submission deadline: October 1, 2016
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In the corporate social responsibility (CSR) literature, the principle of voluntarism is predominant and implies that responsible business activities are discretionary and reach beyond the rule of law. This principle fails to explain that governments have a great interest in CSR and exercise influence on firms’ CSR activities. Therefore, we argue i...
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The role of governments in business and society (B&S) research remains underexplored. The generally accepted principle of voluntarism, which frames responsible business conduct as an unregulated subject under managerial discretion, accounts for this gap. Paradoxically, there are sufficient acknowledgments in academia and practice on different roles...
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CSR implementation reveals a variety of knowledge gaps in our field of research, especially related to well contextualized and in-depth analysis of the phenomenon. We have examined CSR implementation practices in Belgian organizations. The contribution of this research is obtained through triangulation of research methods and the analysis of the re...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a granulated governance perspective to face sustainability risks and challenges that our planet is facing. The authors argue that sustainability challenges should be addressed simultaneously at the individual, organizational, sectorial, national and supranational level. Financial institutions have a...
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The possibility of measuring and comparing sustainability performance is generally taken for granted in management studies and practices based on the evaluation, selection and ranking of the supposedly best companies in the field. The purpose of this article is to question this basic assumption by analyzing the comparability of sustainability perfo...
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As corporate social responsibility involves a voluntary business endeavour to address social and environmental issues beyond legal compliance, governments cannot fall back on hierarchical command-and-control policies to support it. As such, it is complementary with the increasing popularity of public policies known as New Governance policies, where...
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The problem of opportunity discovery is at the heart of entrepreneurial activity. Cognitive limitations determine the search for and the analysis of information and, as a consequence, constrain the identification of opportunities. Moreover, typical personal characteristics – locus of control, need for independence and need for achievement – suggest...
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This paper analyzes the dynamics in resource development and the complexity of resource origin. Three factors – stakeholders, interactions, and scarcity – prove helpful to explain both dynamics and complexity of factor-markets. We build on these three factors and propose a systemic model on dynamic interactions to illustrate the structural characte...
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I present a structural empirical model of collective household labour supply that includes the non-participation decision. I specify a simultaneous model for hours, participation and wages of husband and wife. I discuss the problems of identification and statistical coherency that arise in the application of the collective household labour supply m...
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Having the ambition to contribute to the practical value of the theory on corporate social performance (CSP), this paper approaches the question whether CSP can contribute to the competitive advantage of firms. We adopted an explorative case-study methodology to explore the variety of positive and negative effects of CSP on the competitiveness of o...
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This paper focuses on the general concern that theories on the social responsibility of business have not much practical value. We discuss the central theses of mainstream themes in the business and society literature – corporate social responsibility, corporate social responsiveness, social issues, corporate social performance, stakeholder managem...
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When restructuring their operations, companies intend to minimise environmental uncertainty; however, corporate restructuring increases the unintended uncertainty for stakeholders, as constituents often lack the information or understanding on how ongoing reorganisations would affect them. This paper proposes to manage restructuring through reputat...
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I present a structural empirical model of collective household labour supply that includes the non-participation decision. I specify a simultaneous model for hours, participation and wages of husband and wife. I discuss the problems of identification and statistical coherency that arise in the application of the collective household labour supply m...
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I present a structural empirical model of collective household labour supply that includes the non-participation decision. I specify a simultaneous model for hours, participation and wages of husband and wife. I discuss the problems of identification and statistical coherency that arise in the application of the collective household labour supply m...
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I present a structural empirical model of collective household labour supply that includes the non-participation decision. I specify a simultaneous model for hours, participation and wages of husband and wife. I discuss the problems of identification and statistical coherency that arise in the application of the collective household labour supply m...

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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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Business & Society (BAS) will be running 5 paper development workshops in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK during 2018-19. The workshops are funded by the International Association of Business and Society (IABS) with the specific goals of: • Improving quality of submissions to Business & Society • Enhancing awareness of BAS and IABS, and their reputation for research development • Increasing IABS membership and member experience