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Research into supporting social entrepreneurs through failure

Research into supporting social entrepreneurs through failure

A previous failure in business can be a very good experience in building a new, more successful business. But how can social entrepreneurs be supported through failure to ensure they go on to build a better business next time round?

In collaboration with UnLtd, the charity that supports social entrepreneurs, the Open University is offering a CASE research studentship on this issue. The studentship will focus on the question: how can new social entrepreneurs whose projects are at risk best be supported through the experience of project ‘failure’ in ways that maximise learning?

The studentship is offered at £14,900 per annum and starts on 1 October 2008.

If you are ready to study for a doctorate, and would like to investigate how best to support budding social entrepreneurs, then contact oubs-research@open.ac.uk before 14 July 2008.

As well as a good honours degree, preferably in a relevant social science, you should have, or expect to have, an MRes, or other recognised postgraduate research qualification (or experience demonstrably equivalent to this).

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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