Third-party funded project

Study "Market-Oriented Social Businesses in Brandenburg – Accounting for of the Existing Entrepreneurship Landscape and Identifying Supportive and Constraining Conditions for Entrepreneurship

Research department: Economy and Civil Society

IRS Research Topic: Research on Innovation Processes New Social Practices

Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann

Project Team: Dr. Ralph Richter

Consortium: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Coordination) Social Impact gGmbH

Funding Organization: Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg

Duration: 03/2020 - 10/2020


Social businesses are increasingly recognised by policy makers, academics, civil society actors and the business sector. In the federal state of Brandenburg, there is a wide range of social businesses. Against this backdrop, the study "Market-Oriented Social Businesses in Brandenburg" seeks to provide the first structured overview of the current state, growth potentials and the need for support of social businesses in Brandenburg. The study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy focusses on market-oriented business, hence, organisations which generate revenues for social causes by positioning new products and services.


Over several years, the research unit "Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development" has been researching how social innovations are driven in rural areas, what problems they can solve and how they can be supported politically. Now it is publishing recommendations for practice; on the one hand in the form of a German-language policy paper, on the other hand in the form of an English-language practice manual. more info


Christmann, G., Richter, R., Sept, A., Troendle, V., Jahnke, T., & Spiri, N. (2021). Marktorientierte Sozialunternehmen in Brandenburg: Darstellung der existierenden Unternehmenslandschaft und Feststellung vorhandener und fehlender Gründungsvoraussetzungen. Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Energie des Landes Brandenburg.