SEKN has accomplished a numerous set of projects such as research in the areas of socially inclusive business, effective management of social initiatives, social partnering, among others that have resulted in diverse outcomes such as academics papers and books, formation courses, seminars and conferences in collaboration with prestigious entities. Additionally, collectively as well as individually, SEKN members have realized hundreds of presentations in academic conferences.

Currently, SEKN is working on three projects which are based on study cases related to sustainable business models, inclusive distribution networks and B-corps.

Research Project. Regenerative Business in Ibero America

From 2022 to 2024

Based on literature review, in 2020, we prepared a Research Protocol on regenerative business models, first characterizing the organization, and including information about the business’ context (with a special focus on place), as well as information about the value proposition, value delivery and value capture. We also established several themes to guide data collection: How […]

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Inclusive Distribution Networks – SCALA Observatory

From 2016 to 2019

The Inclusive Distribution Networks project started from the work of the SCALA Observatory. The SCALA Observatory is a project led by the Faculty of Administration of the Universidad de los Andres in which the SEKN network acts as a strategic partner and has multilateral support, that seeks to study and disseminate initiatives which include the […]

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Sustainable Business Models

From 2014 to 2019

Business models for sustainability generate an integrated approach beyond incremental innovations such as eco-efficiency, eco-design or socially responsible business practices. This research explores truly “sustainable enterprises”, their business models and business practices in emerging markets. Sustainable enterprise is an emerging phenomenon as it involves development of profitable businesses by connecting all stakeholders and the natural […]

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B-corps special series of teaching cases

From 2016 to 2018

System B is non-profit organization with the mission of strengthening B-corps all over the world. B-corps seek to create individuals’ wellbeing and value for nature and society. The alliance between B-corps and SEKN seek to create pedagogical contents that will stimulate discussion around the concept and business models of benefit corporations among management students. Strategic […]

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Training and Research about Scale and Impact in Social Entrepreneurship in Iberoamérica

From 2010 to 2011

Between September of 2010 and September of 2011 the SEKN network developed the project: “Scale and Impact on Social Entrepreneurship in Iberoamérica with the support of the BBVA Group of Spain”. This project had the participation of 6 teams from the SEKN network (EGADE – Mexico, ESADE – Spain, IESA – Venezuela, Uniandes – Colombia, […]

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Inclusive Business Training for CSO


The SEKN network developed a series of training courses about Socially Inclusive Business in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico during 2009 for civil society organizations. This second training project was made possible thanks to the support of the “la Caixa” Foundation.

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Trainings with Fundación “la CAIXA”

From 2007 to 2009

  Thanks to the support of “la Caixa” Foundation, it was possible to teach courses in several Latin American countries on collaboration between companies and civil society organizations, capitalizing the knowledge generated by SEKN in its first collective research project. This common course was given in nine countries of the region in 2007.

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Research Cycle: Socially Inclusive Businesses

From 2005 to 2008

In the third cycle, the network’s research focused on the study of market initiatives that generate social inclusion of people with limited resources and improve their living conditions as consumers, producers, suppliers and partners in the economic value chain. As a result of the research, 18 cases and teaching notes and the book Socially Inclusive […]

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Research Cycle: Social initiatives in CSOs and companies

From 2003 to 2005

In the second research cycle the work focused on the study of social initiatives developed by civil society organizations (CSOs) and companies with the aim of identifying innovative and effective management practices used by these organizations. In this cycle, SEKN produced the book Effective Management of Social Enterprises and 36 teaching cases with their respective pedagogical […]

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Research Cycle: Collaboration between companies and CSOs

From 2001 to 2003

SEKN’s first research cycle was focused on the study of the collaboration between companies and social organizations. In this cycle the book Social Partnering in Latin America and 24 pedagogical cases were published by Harvard Business School Publishing.

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