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.


You may access SERN-related reports through the following links: