For the past two weeks since February 6, the De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development – Social Enterprise Research Network (CBRD-SERN) was visited by scholars from universities abroad. The SERN core team, composed of CBRD Director Dr. Raymund Habaradas, Management faculty member Mr. Patrick Aure, Ph.D in Business student Ringgold Atienza, and Management student Ian Benedict Mia, held talks with Ms. Anne Sophie Roux, a Comparative Politics Masters student from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and with Dr. Joseph Sy-Changco, Assistant Professor in Marketing from the University of Macau.
The said guests were interested in the social entrepreneurship research being conducted by CBRD-SERN. Ms. Roux intends to study the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm (GKEF) as a case study to “analyze the resurgence of the bayanihan spirit.” Her main source of information about GKEF is CBRD-SERN’s work on social enterprise challenges and strategies, as well as social business incubation in GKEF.
Dr. Sy-Changco, on the other hand, was interested in having research collaborations focusing on the development and evolution of the social entrepreneurial initiatives of Gawad Kalinga. His other research interests include export marketing, organizational learning, and consumer behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.
CBRD-SERN aims to undertake research on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management. Since 2013, faculty and students affiliated with SERN’s founders have been contributing to a social enterprise case study database focusing on topics such as challenges and strategies, incubation, and financing. Recently, the leadership of CBRD-SERN has been assigned to Mr. Patrick Aure of the Management and Organization Department.
CBRD-SERN is looking forward to drawing more research interest from various universities as social entrepreneurship continues to emerge in the local and international landscape.