Johanna Mair is a professor of Organization, Leadership and Management at the Hertie School of Governance, as well as the Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Her research focuses on how organizational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development and the role of innovation in this process.

Alongside her academic responsibilities, she serves on the Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation of the World Economic Forum and carries out advisory and board work for multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social venture funds.

We recently had the pleasure of speaking to her about her work and research. Join us as Mair discusses how institutions stifle and enable social and economic progress, her impressions of what millennials want as they enter the job market and how Mair sees social entrepreneurship developing.  

Interview Question Overview

  1. On the SSIReview, one of the most read articles is one titled, “Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition”. What does social entrepreneurship mean to you?
  1. Your research explores how institutions stifle and enable social and economic progress – what critical elements need to be in place so that institutions can achieve real social progress?
  1. Millennials have been referred to as the “lazy generation” and also the generation that wants to give back. Given your role as a professor of Organization, Management and Leadership at the Hertie School, what’s your perception of this generation? What’s important to them as they get ready for their professional careers?
  1. You’re currently working on a project that focuses on the emergence of venture philanthropy in Europe, how does venture philanthropy in Germany compare to venture philanthropy in the rest of Europe?
  1. Looking ahead, how do you see social entrepreneurship developing? What needs to happen so that social entrepreneurship is mainstream?
  1. What makes you the Changer?

The interview was created in December 2014. 

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Animation by: Paul Felgentreff

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