About SERN

The DLSU Center for Business Research and Development recognizes the fields of social enterprise management and social entrepreneurship as important areas for research and advocacy.  In line with the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business’s vision of integrating faith and management practice, CBRD believes that social enterprises heed the challenge for today’s businesses – reconciling financial objectives with the calling to solve society’s most pressing problems.  Across the region, in the Philippines, and especially within De La Salle University, social enterprise management and social entrepreneurship continue to evolve as fields of scholarship and practice.

As such, CBRD is excited to introduce the Social Enterprise Research Network.  SERN aims to harness the initiatives of researchers, faculty, students, and practitioners to form a network that advances social enterprise management and social entrepreneurship.


SERN envisions a research-driven paradigm where social problems are solved through entrepreneurship, business, and management.  

We recognize that social entrepreneurs need to focus on doing and innovating their social business models.  Policy-makers need fresh perspectives in developing supportive policies.  Aspiring social entrepreneurs need knowledge and inspiration.  In this case, the role of SERN is to support these stakeholders through research.


The mission of SERN is to create lasting RIPPLE effects for scholars, students, practitioners, and policy-makers.   SERN thirsts for collaboration – acknowledging that stakeholders need to be interdependent in coming up with viable business solutions to social problems.


RIPPLE stands for the primary activities that SERN engages in to fulfill the mission – Research, Inspiration & advocacy, Policy, Practice, Learning & pedagogy, and Engagement & community-building.

The primary activity of SERN, as a network under the confines of a higher educational institution, is to undertake research on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management.  Utilizing resources within the college, while being open to external funding opportunities, SERN has produced a portfolio of rigorous research relevant to the Philippines and the region.

Since 2013, faculty and students affiliated with SERN’s founders have been contributing to a social enterprise case study database featuring topics on challenges and strategies, incubation, and financing.  SERN aims to make the database accessible to social enterprise researchers to push the field forward.  The network also intends to share published research by the network’s authors, as well as curate scholarly and web literature relevant to social entrepreneurship research.

In addition to producing scholarly research as knowledge products, SERN aspires to create practitioner and student-friendly materials such as business notes, newspaper articles, and teaching cases.

As a network, SERN relishes the opportunity to work with experts in scholarship and practice to tackle various social enterprise issues.

SERN Research Lab

SERN invites interested researchers, students, and SE advocates to join us every Tuesday, 2:30pm to 4:00pm to discuss potential SE research and ideas.  We are excited to talk to faculty and students willing to take on SE as research topics.  The SERN Research Lab is located at the 2nd floor of the Faculty Center, beside the CBRD Satellite Office.  If you intend to join, please contact raymund.habaradas@dlsu.edu.ph and patrick.aure@dlsu.edu.ph.

Our knowledge products

Scholarly Articles

  • Habaradas, R. B. & Aure, P. A. H. (2016). Managing social enterprises in the Philippines: Challenges and strategies. Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Arden Vol. 19 (2), 39-56. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1847544567?pq-origsite=gscholar
  • Habaradas, R. B. & Aure, P. A. H. (2016). Bayani Brew: Brewing a new breed of Filipinos crazy in love with the Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/32315371/Bayani_Brew_Brewing_a_new_breed_of_Filipinos_crazy_in_love_with_the_Philippines?auto=download
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2016). The circular social business model: Towards a visual framework for social enterprises, presented at DLSU Research Congress, Philippines, 2016. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development. Retrieved from http://patchaure.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ebm_aure_p-h-_version-3_full-paper.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. & Aure, P. A. H. (2016). Exploring social business models: The case of ECHOstore and Greenius, presented at National Business and Management Conference, Ateneo De Davao University, 2016. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development. Retrieved from http://patchaure.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/nbmc-2016-paper-1-full-paper-exploring-social-business-models-habaradas-and-aure.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. & Aure, P. A. H. (2016). Harnessing technology and innovation for social good: The case of engageSPARK in the Philippines, presented at ASIALICS 2016: Area-based innovation in Asia, Thailand, 2016. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development. Retrieved from http://patchaure.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/habaradas_raymund_philippines-full-paper-v1-edited.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2016). Social innovation in the Philippines: Pursuing SDGs through cross-sector partnerships. Retrieved from http://techmonitor.net/tm/images/9/96/16jul_sep_sf4.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2015). Innovation of Gawad Kalinga – Managing partnerships of meaning. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268327424_Innovation_of_Gawad_Kalinga_-_Managing_Partnerships_of_Meaning
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2014). Social entrepreneurship canvas: A visual framework for managing commercial and social value propositions, presented at DLSU Research Congress, Philippines, 2016. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development. Retrieved from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/conferences/dlsu_research_congress/2014/_pdf/proceedings/EBM-I-006-FT.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2010). The economic and artistic flows of Gawad Kalinga. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260320226_The_Economic_and_Artistic_Flows_of_Gawad_Kalinga

DLSU Business Notes and Briefings

  • Lunar, J. B. (2017). Bringing about fullness of life with care and compassion: Learnings from the social enterprise of the Good Shepherd Sisters. DLSU Business Notes and Briefings, Volume No. 5, Issue No. 6. Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DLSU-CBRD-Business-Notes-and-Briefings-Volume-5-Number-6.pdf
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2015). Social business model canvas: Reconciling commercial and social value propositions of social enterprises. DLSU Business Notes and Briefings, Volume No. 3, Issue No. 4. Retrieved from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/research/centers/cberd/pdf/cbrd-vol3-num4.pdf
  • Habaradas, R. B. & Aure, P. A. H. (2014). Creative and collaborative strategies for social enterprises in the Philippines. DLSU Business Notes and Briefings, Volume No. 2, Issue No. 4. Retrieved from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/research/centers/cberd/pdf/cbrd-vol2-num4.pdf

Working Papers

  • Dacul, M. A. G. (2017). The influence of personality traits on social entrepreneurship intentions of Filipino entrepreneurial students (Working Paper 2017-07). Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DLSU-CBRD-Working-Paper-Series-2017-07-Personality-Traits-and-SE-Intentions.pdf
  • Camara, M., Lim, R., Natanauan, Igi, & Pascual, J. (2017). Analyzing the Facebook Content Orientation and User Engagement of Chosen Social Enterprises in the Philippines (Working Paper 2017-05). Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DLSU-CBRD-Working-Paper-Series-2017-05-Facebook-Content.pdf
  • Almonte, S., Chua, B. A., Lao, I. Y., & Urrutia, K. (2017). Achieving dual objectives: Challenges and strategies faced by Philippine social enterprises (Working Paper 2017-04). Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DLSU-CBRD-Working-Paper-Series-2017-04-Achieving-Dual-Objectives.pdf

Opinion Columns

  • Habaradas, R. B. (2018, February 27). A second invisible hand: Is this what drives social entrepreneurs? Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/second-invisible-hand-drives-social-entrepreneurs/382960/
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2018, February 20). The alchemy of social entrepreneurship. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/alchemy-social-entrepreneurship/381475/
  • Mia, I. B. R. (2018, January 21). Applying design thinking in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Manila Standard. Retrieved from http://thestandard.com.ph/business/business-columns/green-light/256817/applying-design-thinking-in-social-innovation-and-entrepreneurship.html
  • Mia, I. B. R. (2017, September 19). Better future for PH agriculture. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/better-future-ph-agriculture/351503/
  • Mia, I. B. R. (2017, June 13). Enabling social enterprises to thrive: A look at the current initiatives. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/enabling-social-enterprises-thrive-look-current-initiatives/332473/
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2017, March 7). Social entrepreneurship as a solution to the drug problem. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/social-entrepreneurship-solution-drug-problem/315886/
  • Aure, P. A. H. (2016, October 18). Humanizing our pursuits of ‘next big things’. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/humanizing-pursuit-next-big-things/291802/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2017, February 14). Business and compassionate love: It’s complicated! Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/business-compassionate-love-complicated/312140/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2015, November 2). Fragile social enterprises. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/fragile-social-enterprises/226995/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2014, September 22). Rizal: Social entrepreneur. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/rizal-social-entrepreneur/128676/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2014, May 19). Support for social enterprises. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/support-for-social-enterprises/97725/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2014, May 5). Hiring persons with mental disability. Manila Times. Retrieved from http://www.manilatimes.net/hiring-persons-with-mental-disability/94203/
  • Habaradas, R. B. (2013, December 23). Strategies for social enterprises. Manila Standard. Retrieved from http://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/136490

Conversations with Social Entrepreneurs

  • Habaradas, R. B., Aure, P. A. H. & Mia, I. B. R. (2018). From corporate to social entrepreneurship: The ups and downs of Erika Valerie Ng Wong. Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/2018/02/18/from-corporate-to-social-entrepreneurship-the-ups-and-downs-of-erika-valerie-ng-wong/
  • Habaradas, R. B., Aure, P. A. H. & Mia, I. B. R. (2018). Bridging entrepreneurship in rural and urban areas: An interview with Plush and Play founder Fabien Courteille. Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/2018/02/15/bridging-entrepreneurship-in-rural-and-urban-areas-an-interview-with-plush-and-play-founder-fabien-courteille/
  • Habaradas, R. B., Aure, P. A. H. & Mia, I. B. R. (2018). Scaling sustainable social enterprises: The personal story of engageSPARK CEO and founder Ravi Agarwal. Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/2018/03/13/scaling-sustainable-social-enterprises-the-personal-story-of-engagespark-ceo-and-founder-ravi-agarwal/
  • Habaradas, R. B., Aure, P. A. H. & Mia, I. B. R. (2018). Rey-Mic Enterprise Founder Thelma Reyes-Miclat on women empowerment, social entrepreneurship. Retrieved from http://cbrd.dlsu.edu.ph/2018/03/13/rey-mic-enterprise-founder-thelma-reyes-miclat-on-women-empowerment-social-entrepreneurship/