Introduction

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2009

The first oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy provided PhD students and young scholars working on poverty and sustainable development from a management or economics perspective a platform to present and discuss their ongoing research projects with fellow students and senior faculty. 

Research on inclusive business models, market development and sustainability at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) is a promising and challenging field for young researchers and PhD students. It calls for a multitude of methods, combination of disciplines in management and economics and new research designs like experimental development economics. The topic selected, Growing Inclusive Markets, aimed to attract papers fostering new ideas and solutions with regard to how businesses, governments and other stakeholders can build markets that include the poor and create opportunities for human development that actively take into account environmental and social resources and limits. The event aimed to advance academic research on the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), development and governance issues, build networks across disciplinary boundaries and to prepare the ground for research that is relevant for both academic and business audiences.

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Topics

 Topics

PhD students and young scholars may submit papers or elaborated research proposals on:

  • Development economics and fundamental basics of developing country markets;
  • Business models, product-service systems and framework conditions for inclusive markets;
  • BoP strategies in businesses and enterprises, including local and foreign ones;
  • Interaction, education and outreach, partnerships and innovation networks;
  • Environmental economics, governance regimes and management in poverty contexts;
  • Poverty and sustainability impact assessment and evaluation.

This newly launched academy stands in the tradition of the oikos PhD Summer Academy, organised for the tenth consecutive year in 2009, and builds on the experience with the annual oikos PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy, organised in collaboration with the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) Initiative.

Faculty

The programme encompassed graduate student presentations, guest lectures, professional development roundtables and social events. Feedback was given by fellow students and three internationally well-reputed researchers:

  •             Jonathan P. Doh, Villanova School of Business, USA
  •             Ashok Som, ESSEC Business School, France
  •             Ana-Maria Peredo,  U. Victoria, Canada

Participants had the opportunity to apply their insights and skills in a practitioner day with responAbility Social Investments Ltd., Zürich, Switzerland.

Participants

Myrtille Danse, Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands

Myrtille Danse

Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands


“Unraveling social embeddedness as key element for IB strategy to facilitate sustainable local private sector development at the BoP”

Saurabh Lall, The George Washington University, USA

Saurabh Lall

The George Washington University, USA


“Evaluating Outcomes at the Base of the Pyramid: A Utilization-Focused Approach”

Paula Linna, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland

Paula Linna

Helsinki School of Economics, Finland

“BOP telecom business in Vietnam: preliminary findings of pilot-study”

Tobias Lorenz, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

Tobias Lorenz

University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

“Beggars cannot be choosers?”


Kevin McKague, Schulich School of Business, Canada

Kevin McKague

Schulich School of Business, Canada


“The Reconciliation of Institutional Logics. Bridging across institutional and market boundaries”


Sourav Mukherji, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India

Sourav Mukherji

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India

“Inclusive healthcare in India: comparing three models”

François Perrot, Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), France

François Perrot

Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), France


“Corporate strategies toward the Base of the Pyramid”

Jacob Ravn, Aalborg University, Denmark

Jacob Ravn

Aalborg University, Denmark

“Challenges and potentials in launching BoP initiatives through bottom-up driven public-private-NGO partnerships”


Sacha Rawlence, University of Edinburgh, UK

Sacha Rawlence

University of Edinburgh, UK


“The impact of transaction costs and institutions on the development of small firms in Southwest China”


Ulf Richter, International University of Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast

Ulf Richter

International University of Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast


“Sustainability Strategies for the Bottom of the Pyramid – Fostering Entrepreneurship in a Post-Conflict Environment”

Sulaman Hafeez Siddiqui, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Sulaman Hafeez Siddiqui

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan


“Impact of Women Entrepreneurship on Poverty Alleviation and Social Change: Evidence from Pakistan”


Misagh Tasavori, Manchester Business School, UK

Misagh Tasavori

Manchester Business School, UK


“Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: Antecedents and Outcomes”


Markus Taussig, Harvard Business School, USA

Markus Taussig

Harvard Business School, USA

“Should private equity funds specialize or diversify? Evidence from 20 years of IFC investments in emerging markets”