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Module 7 - Social economy organization

Social Entrepreneurship
Innovative thinking
Team work

Learning outcomes

After studying this topic, the participant will know/ will be able to recognize social economy entities on behalf of their activities. Participants will be able to enumerate legal types of social economy organizations. They will be able to characterize entities of social reintegration type as well as discuss on advantages and disadvantages of cooperation with local authorities.

Module objectives and aims

Familiarize students with social economy with special emphasis on organizations dealing with social and professional reintegration.

Module list of content

  1. Structure of social economy
  2. Traditional social economy entities (cooperatives, mutual, etc.)
  3. Associations and foundations as social economy entities
  4. Entities aimed at reintegration and social inclusion
  5. Cooperation of social economy entities with public authorities

Key competences covered

Ability to discuss on various aspects of social economy organization. Openness to criticism of others Social sensitivity. The adherence to the principles of ethics.


social economy, cooperatives, mutual, associations,  foundations, reintegration, social inclusion, organization, social reintegration, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise.



  1. M. Yunus,  Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs, New York: Public Affairs, 2010.
  2. Evers A., Laville J-L. (ed.), The Third Sector in Europe. Globalization and Welfare, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK 2004.
  3. Monzon Campos J. L., Avila R. C., The Social Economy in the European Union, CIRIEC Report 2012.
  4. A. Amin, A. Cameron, R. Hudson, Placing the Social Economy, Routledge, London, 2002.
  5. D. Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.
  6. S. Bridge, M. Murtagh, K. O”Neill, Understanding the Social Economy and the Third Sector, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2009.
  7. A. Nicholls, Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008.

Further reading

  1. M. Yunus,  Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty,  New York: PublicAffairs, 1999.
  2. J. Mair, J. Robinson, K. Hockerts (ed.), Social Entrepreneurship, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  3. D. Aeron-Thomas, J. Nicholls, S. Forster, A. Westall, Social Return on Investment: Valuing What Matters, New Economics Foundation, London, 2004.
  4. J. Bessant, J. Tidd, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, John Wiley, Chichester, 2007.
  5. R. Murray, Danger and opportunity: Crisis and the new social economy, NESTA, London, 2009.
  6. A. Westall, Value and the third sector. Working paper on Ideas for future research, Third Sector Research Centre, 2009.