Academics & Aid

Community of Social Innovation

The Center for Social Impact at the Ross School of Business was proud to bring the Community of Social Innovation scholars group to the University of Michigan May 15-17, 2015.

See images from the conference!

COSI 2015 Workshop Details

About COSI

Annual Workshop

COSI workshops are highly interactive and a goal of our community is to provide feedback and help to develop the scholarly efforts of others, especially more junior scholars. With that in mind, in our workshops, we structure a variety of sessions:

  • Full-length paper presentations
  • Open mic/paper development roundtable feedback sessions
  • Trading/sharing teaching innovations in this space

Paper presentations are for work that is fairly far along in development or the review process. Paper development involves collaborative and directed roundtable feedback for completed manuscripts in various stages of progress. Idea pitches are also at roundtables where folks will want to receive feedback on very preliminary ideas about their work.

Prior Workshop

The 2014 COSI workshop was held at the Queen’s School of Business in collaboration with the Centre for Responsible Leadership. 


In 2010 a small group convened in Montreal to discuss how to collaborate and build a community of scholars with an interest at the intersection of social innovation and social movements.  This culminated in the official launch of COSI at the first annual COSI workshop. Those founding Steering Committee members include:

  • Tina Dacin, Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University
  • Jerry Davis, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Klaus Weber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

The first COSI workshop was in collaboration with local hosts, Julie Battilana and Alnoor Ebrahim, of Harvard Business School and it’s affiliated Social Enterprise Initiative.

The group developed a mission is to foster and advance the sharing of insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in the social innovation space, and to provide focused opportunities to mentor junior scholars in the domain.  The first workshop focused on roundtable discussions on paper development, presentations from junior scholars on their ongoing work and a dialogue on how to facilitate interaction amongst the group.


“Our community is purposefully small, not dominated by any one school or perspective, and our objectives remain quite simple.  Our goal is to build a community of scholars who teach and conduct research in this area” says Tina Dacin.

 “It was an extremely valuable experience for all of us, so thank you so much for the invitation, for the work, and for bringing us together.  I very much look forward to our work in building and strengthening this community” wrote Rodrigo Canales, Assistant Professor at Yale School of Management in a follow up note to COSI after the first workshop.

This message was echoed by Wendy Smith, Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Delaware, who commented, “It was an honor and a pleasure to be included in this group.  I know that a colleague and I received great feedback on both our theory and empirical projects on hybrid organizations.  We really appreciated the opportunity to share our work with this community and look forward to future opportunities to connect with the COSI community.”