SAGE Business Cases: Social Impact Series

Social Impact

In 2019, SAGE Business Cases launched Social Impact, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases. The series aims to spotlight a broad spectrum of cases on all topics related to social impact from various industries, geographical areas and diverse business subdisciplines. We welcome teaching cases that explore not only successful social impact enterprises, but also those that provide opportunities to learn from failures.

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The Social Impact series is edited by: 

  • Dr. Maria Ballesteros-Sola, Cal State University Channel Islands
  • Dr. Rachida Justo, IE Business School
  • SBC Social Impact EditorSBC Social Impact Editor

     Left: Dr. Maria Ballesteros-Sola, Cal State University Channel Islands
    Right: Dr. Rachida Justo, IE Business School


    Call for Papers

    Partner with SAGE to develop your SOCIAL IMPACT teaching case. For further details on submissions, Click here

    SAGE Publishing continues to grow its global case collection, SAGE Business Cases, in particular in key areas we care deeply about, such as the rich and interdisciplinary topic of social impact and social enterprises. 

    SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

    • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes (case= 1,000-5,000 words)
    • A thorough editorial process, working to develop your ideas and prepare cases for successful publication
    • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom
    • Payment when your case is published
    • An international audience for your work, supported by the global sales force at SAGE

    Have you ever gone searching for a suitable case in social impact or social enterprise but could not find one? Do you have an idea or a rough case draft? Have you written a social impact-related case you currently used in your classroom? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea. We also encourage students to work alongside you as case writing enables students to apply theory to real-world situations, and they benefit from co-publication credits. 

    Suggested topics include:

    • Social entrepreneurship, social business and social enterprise
    • Certified B-Corporations
    • New legal structures such as B-Corp, L3C, Social Purpose Corporation
    • Shared Value & Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Bottom of the Pyramid
    • Impact investment and funding
    • Social innovation
    • Scaling & Growth
    • Nonprofits’ earned income strategies
    • Governance

    The topics above are merely an illustration. We encourage a broad spectrum of cases on all topics related to social impact from various industries, geographical areas and diverse business subdisciplines. We are also welcoming teaching cases that explore not only successful social impact enterprises, but also those that provide opportunities to learn from failures.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Rolling

    • We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
    • Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.
    • Guidelines and templates may be found here
    • Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal
    • Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    For questions and sample cases, contact: Rachel Taliaferro, Editor, rachel.taliaferro@sagepub.com


    Cases from the Social Impact Series

    Click a title to view the case:

    Amar Desh Amar Gram e-Shop: An e-Commerce Initiative for Development of Rural Economy Through Inclusive Marketing
    Business Model Innovation of a Social Enterprise in the Scandinavian Electricity Retail Market
    Carlisle Central Farmers Market: A Social Enterprise Start-Up Facing Failure
    Ecotact: Making Public Restrooms in Kenya Sustainable and Attractive
    How to Scale Up Food Banking Through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: The Case of the India FoodBanking Network
    Inclusive Fish Farming in Uganda: The Success of Co-Building at iFish Farm
    Keeping Hope Afloat: Emirates Friendship Hospital’s Mission to Serve the Poor
    M Social Catering: Challenges of Scaling a Social Enterprise
    Managing a Leadership Transition in a Non-Governmental Organization
    Practical Challenges in Fundraising at an International Development NGO
    Scaling Strategies of Social Enterprises in Fair-Trade Markets: Meru Herbs in Kenya
    The Strauss Energy Business Model: Affordable Technology Innovation to Empower Kenya and Light Up the World
    To Collaborate or Not? Dilemmas of an Orphanage in an Arab Country

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