SEED Research Forum: Innovations and Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation in Developing Economies  

  • By invitation only
  • March 5-6, 2012 (Starting at 1:30 p.m. on March 5, and all day March 6)
  • Co-organizers: Hau Lee (Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business), Ken Singleton (Adams Distinguished Professor of Management), Jesper Sørensen (Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor of Organizational Behavior and Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow)

This research forum aims to build a research community and catalyze productive exchanges among researchers, at Stanford and elsewhere, who focus on issues surrounding the alleviation of extreme poverty through innovation and entrepreneurship in developing economies. The research forum will be by invitation only, and we expect to have faculty and PhD students from Stanford's schools of business, medicine, law, engineering, and humanities and sciences, as well as from the various research centers and institutes. Prominent scholars from outside Stanford also will be invited.

The breadth of the topic necessitates focusing on a limited number of issues. The forum will focus on three key themes:

  1. Institutional innovations for developing economies (microfinancing and other financing instruments, government policies, multi-government initiatives, logistics infrastructure, communication infrastructures, etc.)
  2. Managerial innovations for developing economies (fostering growth-oriented entrepreneurship, managerial development for growing companies, etc.)
  3. Technology innovations for developing economies (using low-cost, affordable technologies to support basic needs as well as to enable the general population to create value with productivity gains.)

Invited speakers will share their research and perspectives on each of the above themes. Time will be devoted to broad-based discussions of promising future research topics, potential collaboration opportunities, creating linkages between research and teaching, and next steps. The main goal of the research forum is to lay the foundation, in conjunction with the launch of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED), for a vibrant community of researchers at Stanford with common interests in the alleviation of poverty in developing economies.