Dr Melinda Szocs

Management and Business Studies Alumni

PhD Researcher in Management and Business Studies (ESRC 1+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2014

Graduation date: December 2019

Research topic: Social innovation within the context of social enterprises (hybrid organisations)

The aim of the research project is to study social innovation within a social enterprise context. Following the findings of my masters’ dissertation, as part of my MRes degree in Management at the University of Exeter, the study will investigate how social enterprises innovate in light of limited resources. One of the central questions for the study is to explore how innovation contributes to social impact within a social enterprise context.

Research interests:

• Governance of hybrid organisations and management
• Social enterprise and innovation
• Value creation through co-production
• Public service innovation
• Bottom of the pyramid innovations and social outcome
• Value measurement in hybrid organisation

Research supervisors: Dr Adrian Bailey, Professor Tim Coles

Professional memberships/Positions held:

• Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy since August 2017.

• Visiting PhD researcher University of Roskilde, Department of People and Technology, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Denmark (2017).

• Member of the EMES network researching social innovation and social economy, International Research Society in Public Management (IRSPM) and of the British Academy of Management.

• Former SWDTC student rep

• Great Ideas Start with Discussion Committee member, University of Exeter

Key publication:

Dudau, A., Kominis, G. and Szocs, M., 2018. Innovation failure in the eye of the beholder: towards a theory of innovation shaped by competing agendas within higher education. Public Management Review, 20(2), pp.254-272.

Past professional experience includes doing research and teaching at University of Exeter, as well as University of Glasgow. During February- May 2018 worked with the Welsh Government, as part of Knowledge and Analytics services on a project studying employability amongst older adults in Wales.

Email: melinda.szocs@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/melindaszocs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelindaSzocs

Website/Blog: https://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/melindaszocs/