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Rethinking Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation

Public Lecture by Geoffrey M. Kistruck

Over the past two decades, poverty alleviation efforts have shifted from a focus on building technical capacity (i.e. teaching a man to fish) to building entrepreneurial capacity (i.e. building bigger and better fishing industries). This new approach typically involves training, financing, and consolidating impoverished individuals into cooperative groups to supply goods and services to potential buyers as a means of sustainable economic development. The lecture will discuss some of the most significant barriers to achieving this desired result, and how scholarly research can offer solutions that are both theoretically interesting and practically relevant.

Professor Geoff Kistruck is the Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Canada. He is also the Director of the Social Innovation Research Lab ( whose mission isto help development organizations design and pilot test potential solutions to some of their most pressing challenges. Professor Kistruck has collaborated with poverty-focused organizations in over 30 different countries, and his work has been published in a number of leading management journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Organization Studies, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Presented by Geoffrey M. Kistruck, PhD

Schulich School of Business, York University

Geoffrey M. Kistruck is the Associate Professor & Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship at York University’s Schulich School of Business. His primary research interests involve social entrepreneurship and innovation on the part of for-profit and nonprofit organisations, principally within the context of poverty alleviation efforts in least-developed markets. His projects are often action-oriented in nature in that they are phenomenologically driven, and involve field quasi-experimentation coupled with qualitative methodologies.

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