Dr. Gorgi Krlev

Gorgi Krlev, DPhil (Oxon)

Centre for Social Investment (CSI)
Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology
University of Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg

Telefon: 06221 - 54 119-82

Cosultation hours: by appointment

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08/2021 Impact measurement, Impact investing (symposium speaker),
AOM (virtual)

07/2021 Process tracing multistakeholder action,
EGOS Amsterdam (virtual)

08/2020 Entrepreneurial ecosystems (PDW convener) + Impact measurement (symposium speaker), AOM Vancouver (virtual)

07/2020 Civil society organizing (sub-theme convener),
EGOS Hamburg (virtual)

08/2019 Theorizing social innovation + Brokerage in collective action (symposia organizer & speaker), AOM Boston

07/2019 Living with best friends: A study of social capital, EGOS Edinburgh

03/2019 Institutions in becoming,
New Institutionalism Workshop Uppsala

03/2019 Bringing citizens back in, digitally?, IOM PDW Barcelona

03/2019 New forms of organizing,
Edinburgh Business School Workshop

Previous years:

G-Forum, EGOS, AOM, ISIRC, IRSPM, ISTR, EMES, American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE)

Research focus

Gorgi Krlev's research focus is on organisation theory, institutional theory, entrepreneurship and innovation among others. At the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) he has worked on a number of projects on social enterprise and social innovation. Sustainability, societal impact and cross-sector collaboration are overarching themes. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford (Kellogg College) in which he has theoretically and empirically advanced the measurement of social impact (summary, in German). His research focussed on the impact of a school-based intervention on pro-social behaviour (results), a political web platform (results) and community-oriented living models (results). Gorgi's work is mostly interdisciplinary and he uses both, quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • Organization theory
  • Institutional theory
  • (Social) Innovation
  • (Social) Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Hybridity
  • Social finance/Impact investing
  • Social impact measurement

Current and completed projects

Selected publications

Book (AOM, Public and Nonprofit Division "Best Book 2019" Award):

Guest editor of journal special issues:

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Scheidgen, K., Gümüsay, A., Günzel, F., Krlev, G., Wolf, M. (2021).Crises and entrepreneurial opportunities: Digital social innovation in response to physical distancing. Journal of Business Venturing Insights.
  • Krlev, G., Einarsson, T., Wijkström, F., Heyer, L. & Mildenberger, G. (2020). The policies of social innovation – a cross-national analysis. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 49(3), 457-478.
  • Krlev, G., & Lund, A.B. (2020). Social Innovation Ignored: Framing Third Sector Activities in European News Media. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 31, 949–965.
  • Krlev, G., Bund, E., & Mildenberger, G. (2014). Measuring what matters—Indicators of social innovativeness on the national level. Information Systems Management, 31(3), 200–224.
  • Krlev, G. (2013). Framework conditions for Social Entrepreneurship—a spotlight on legal and financial issues. Trusts & Trustees, 19(6), 526–534.
  • Krlev, G. (2012). Strategies in Social Entrepreneurship: Depicting entrepreneurial elements and business principles in SEOs from Germany and Bangladesh. ACRN Journal of Entrepreneurship Perspectives (discontinued), 1(1), 61-96.


Posts, outreach, practitioner publications:

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 04/2021: Visiting Professor, Politecnico di Milano (School of Management)
  • Since 2019: Associate Editor at the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Since 2018: Senior Researcher CSI
  • Since 10/2017: Board of Directors Euclid Network
  • 2013 - 2017: PhD/DPhil in Business and Management University of Oxford (Kellogg College)
    (advised by Alex Nicholls and Jonathan Michie, assessed by Marc Ventresca, Martin Ruhs and Patrick Kenis)
  • 2011 - 2017: Research Associate CSI
  • 2010: Project Associate BASF SE (BoP Business and Social Business)
  • 2005 - 2010: M.Sc. Business Administration/Dipl.-Kfm. University of Mannheim
    (majors: Finance & International Management, exchange at Kedge Business School Bordeaux)

Expert roles: OECD lead-expert "Measuring Social Innovation", BMWi Jury "Business Models with Social Impact", BMBF Jury "Gesellschaft der Ideen" (Society of Ideas).

Chair & Keynotes: 2020 Social Economy Science Conference co-chair (Universities Heidelberg, Mannheim, European Commission & Social Entrepreneurship Baden-Württemberg), 2021 EaSI conference keynote "Boosting Social Innovation" (European Commission), Impact 2021 keynote "The Power of Social Entrepreneurship".

Membership & Engagement: AOM, EGOS, Advisory Board INFINITY Deutschland, Associated Scholar DFG Network “Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing”, Scholar Peer School for Sustainable Development, Working Group Research & Education at Catalyst2030.


  • "Social Entrepreneurship Award for Impact on Stakeholders" #AirMOOC
    – U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), awarded 01/2021
  • Runner-Up "Emerging Scholar Award"
    – International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), awarded 12/2020
  • "Best Book 2019" Social Innovation - Comparative Perspectives
    – Academy of Management (AOM), Public and Nonprofit Division, awarded 08/2019


  • Accelerating Investment Readiness (#AirMOOC)
  • Sustainability & impact-oriented venturing
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Impact investing & corporate impact assessments
  • Organizations & institutions
  • Social innovation in organizational strategy & policy
  • Social innovation and social change
  • Measuring social impact
  • Business ethics & social entrepreneurship

(Guest) teaching at: University of Heidelberg, International Labour Organization (ILO), University of Mannheim, WU Vienna, Univ. of Applied Sciences Worms, University of St. Gallen, Trinity College Dublin.