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Jacques Defourny

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Universities & Institutions

  • ULiège (HEC Liège)
  • EMES

Areas of Interest

  • Social enterprise
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social economy
  • Third sector organisations
  • Business ethics

Jacques Defourny is a professor of social economy and comparative economic systems at HEC Liège, school of management at the University of Liège. He heads the Center for Social Economy, which he founded in the early 1990s.

He was the initiator and then the first president (2002-2010) of the EMES International Research Network, a network which brings together a dozen university research centers and numerous individual researchers working on the social economy, the economy solidarity and social enterprise. With M. Nyssens (UCL), he has been coordinating since 2013 a vast research project, the ICSEM Project (International Comparative Social Enterprise Models Project), which involves some 230 researchers from more than 50 countries.

In addition to numerous articles, Jacques Defourny is the author or coordinator of a dozen books, including Social Economy in the North and in the South (De Boeck, 1999, with P. Develtere and B. Fonteneau), The Emergence of Social Enterprise (Routledge, 2001, with C. Borzaga) and Social Enterprise and the Third Sector (Routledge, 2014, with L. Hulgård and V. Pestoff). Several of these books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

See a selection of work by this Author

Social Enterprise and the Third Sector: Changing European Landscapes in a Comparative Perspective

Details Year: 2014 Published in: EMES Cited as: Defourny, J., Hulgård, L., & Pestoff, V. (Eds.). (2014). Social enterprise and the third sector: Changing European landscapes in a comparative perspective. Routledge. Abstract The concepts of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship are rapidly attracting increased attention in academic spheres and from policy-makers, as well as field workers [...]

Social Enterprise in Western Europe: Theory, Models and Practice

Details Year: 2021 Published in: EMES Cited as: Defourny, J., & Nyssens, M. (2021). Social enterprise in Western Europe: Theory, models and practice (p. 368). Taylor & Francis. Abstract In the last two decades, the quest for a widely accepted definition of social enterprise has been a central issue in a great number of publications. The main [...]

Social Enterprise in Asia: Theory, Models and Practice

Details Year: 2019 Published in: EMES Cited as: Bidet, E., & Defourny, J. (2019). Social enterprise in Asia: Theory, models and practice (p. 392). Taylor & Francis. Abstract In the absence of a widely accepted and common definition of social enterprise (SE), a large research project, the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models" (ICSEM) Project, was carried out [...]

Social Enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe: Theory, Models and Practice

Details Year: 2021 Published in: EMES Cited as: Defourny, J., & Nyssens, M. (2021). Social enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe: Theory, models and practice. Taylor & Francis. Abstract In the last two decades, the quest for a widely accepted definition of social enterprise has been a central issue in a great number of publications. The [...]