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Since the beginning of the 90's, the Centre for Social Economy (CES), founded by Professor Jacques Defourny, joined since then by Professors Sybille Mertens (Cera Chair in Social Entrepreneurship) and Benjamin Huybrechts (SRIW-Sowecsom Chair in Social Economy Management)
has acquired a great international reputation in the fields of social economy and social entrepreneurship. The Centre aims for a triple mission:
- Develop research in the social economy and social entrepreneurship, mainly in terms of economic analysis, management and sociology;
- Support social economy and social entrepreneurship teaching at the University of Liege and elsewhere.
- Provide services to collectivity, public and private decision-makers in relation with its expertise.
Research at the Centre covers a broad array of topics, such as:
- Conceptual approaches of the social economy and social entrepreneurship in the North and the South (Europe, North America, Eastern Asia, etc.)
- The statistics of the social economy, notably with the implementation of a non-profit organization "satellite account" (in partnership with the UN and Belgium National Bank)
- Management issues in social enterprises (financing, marketing and strategy, governance and human resource management)
- The emergence and institutionalization of social enterprise
- Social enterprise performance measurement
These topics and many others are investigated in different fields (work integration, education, health, fair trade, renewable energy, etc.) and using different theoretical approaches (mainly in economics, management and organizational sociology).
Within HEC Management School, University of Liege, the CES belongs to the Economics and Management Education and Research Units. The CES coordinates the "Management of Social Enterprises" orientation, a specific orientation within the Master in Management. Two Chairs within the CES contribute to the teaching and research in management and entrepreneurship in the social economy, namely the "Cera Chair in Social Entrepreneurship" and the "SRIW-Sowecsom Chair in Management in the Social Economy".