Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader

      In my last post I explored how the concept of social leadership has, despite many different expressions over the past few years, settled on some core themes: operational agility, multidisciplinarity, and global astuteness. All prize mobility, flexibility and a form of network fluency. Several commentators remarked that the supply of leadership talent of … Continue reading Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader

The case for social entrepreneurship in Indian higher education

This opinion piece first appeared in the Hindustan Times, 23 December 2014   Indian universities are facing acute pressure to become agile and flexible organisations, capable of adapting to the changing dynamics of the 21st century job market as well as the emergence of the so-called "impact" economy. The sector is diversifying at a rapid … Continue reading The case for social entrepreneurship in Indian higher education

The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

    After what feels like a year of slog and resistance, the social enterprise camp I've been planning has finally come to fruition, with 10 students from the University of Southampton and 10 students from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad paired on a series of business challenges set by 3 innovative social businesses. … Continue reading The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

Social entrepreneurship: a process, or a practice?

If one more person asks me what social entrepreneurship  is I'm going to print a series of vests I can wear under my clothes emblazoned with the words "don't ask me, I'm only an academic". It's not only that I'm sick of being asked for a definition (which is always expected to be pithy and … Continue reading Social entrepreneurship: a process, or a practice?

Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene

This was originally published as "Social enterprise in India makes steady progress" in The Guardian, January 9th 2013. Over the past decade the social enterprise ecosystem in India has grown steadily, almost in parallel to ours in Britain. Like ours, the evolution of the ecosystem has been uneven, with a surfeit of subsidised capital for … Continue reading Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene

How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement

This piece was published on redhotcurry.com,  18th August 2012 and as an editorial in the Hindustan Times in September 25, 2012:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Editorials/Just-maintain-the-momentum/Article1-935621.aspx By all measures, Aamir Khan's and Star Plus'  Satyamev Jayate has been a phenomenal success. Viewing figures surpass anything shown on Indian Sunday mornings since the Mahabharata and Ramayana serials in the 1990s. … Continue reading How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement