Although part of the IAP-SOCENT research programme, the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project has evolved into a major research project on its own—so much so that the duration of this Project will even extend well beyond the duration of the IAP-SOCENT programme: whereas the latter ends in late 2017, the ICSEM Project will be pursued at least until the end of 2019.
The main specific feature of the ICSEM Project is its geographic coverage: it aims to compare social enterprise models and their respective institutionalisation processes across the world. It thus relies on the participation of a large number of Research Partners from all regions, who contribute country-specific or field-specific analysis of social enterprise models. Of course, contributions comparing social enterprise models in two or more countries are welcome as well.
The ICSEM Project was officially launched on July 5, 2013, just after the 4th EMES International Research Conference, held at the University of Liege, Belgium. The Project now involves over 230 researchers from some 50 countries. Given the scope taken by the Project, additional financial support was sought, beside that provided by the Interuniversity Attraction Pole programme of the Belgian Science Policy office. Three new major Supporting Partners became involved in 2014: the Fondation Crédit Coopératif; the Caisse des Dépôts and the Institut CDC pour la Recherche; and the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the Baillet Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment.
The ICSEM Project is jointly coordinated by Jacques Defourny (CES - University of Liege) and Marthe Nyssens (CIRTES – Catholic University of Louvain). Other coordinators will be associated to cover some regions, fields or sub-themes.
A brief description of the content of the ICSEM Project is provided here, together with a short description of the ways in which interested researchers can get involved in the project. For a more detailed description (in PDF format) in English, click here, and in Spanish, click here.