Tanja Collavo started her DPhil in October 2013. Her research focus is on the brokerage strategies of organizations that have been influencing the social entrepreneurship field. She is a member of New College and she has been awarded the Said Foundation Scholarship for her DPhil studies and the Skoll Centre Research Accelerator Grant for a project on social impact for the Academic Year 2017-2018. In 2016 and 2017 she was also awarded the Skoll Centre Early Career Research Fellowship.
Tanja's areas of expertise are Strategy and Social Impact, with a special focus on social entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on organisations acting as brokers in the social enterprise field. She is interested in exploring how brokerage is carried out in a field characterised by fragmentation and competing institutions and in how brokering strategically can give organisations the power to significantly influence the field.
The title of her DPhil dissertation is: 'Brokerage as an institutional strategy in contested fields: the crafting of social entrepreneurship'.
Tanja has already published two articles from her DPhil dissertation:
Collavo T. (forthcoming). Unpacking social entrepreneurship: exploring the definition chaos and its consequences in England. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation
Collavo T. 2017. The historical development of social entrepreneurship in England. New College Collection 2017. 1-13
Tanja is currently writing a case study for MBA teaching and two papers based on her DPhil dissertation:
Collavo T. 2018. Brokering to shape institutions
Collavo T. 2018. Social entrepreneurship as a fragmented field
Tanja is currently organising and managing the Skoll Centre Workshop on Social Impact and Innovation, which aims to create a cross-disciplinary community of researchers interested in social impact initiatives. In the last two years Tanja has presented at several conferences and workshops, such as the Academy of Management 2017 (Atlanta), the ASA 2017 Mini conference (Montreal) and the Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2016 at USC (Los Angeles). She also organised and led a practitioners-oriented workshop at the Marmalade conference in Oxford in 2017.
Tanja has developed a diverse teaching experience. She has been the teaching assistant for the MBA Rethinking Business course at Said Business School in the academic years 2015-2018; she is also the tutor of the online course 'Social Entrepreneurship' delivered by the Oxford Continuing Education department and she has tutored undergraduates in strategy and innovation at the Oxford Summer School and at Worcester College (Oxford).