Tanja Collavo started her DPhil in October 2013. She specialises in networks present in the social entrepreneurship sector and in how they can be managed so to not only foster the creation of social impact but also produce changes at field or sector level. She is a member of New College and she has been awarded the Said Foundation Scholarship for her DPhil studies. In 2016 she was also awarded the Skoll Centre Early Career Research Fellowship.
Tanja's area of expertise is Strategy and Innovation. She has a special interest in social enterprises, which she started to get involved with in 2011, after meeting some social entrepreneurs and getting to know their companies. She believes social enterprises might represent a new important source of work and growth and a potential avenue for a more sustainable globalization and development.
Her research focuses on organizations acting as brokers in the social enterprise sector. She is interested in exploring how brokerage is carried out in a sector in need of matching players with very different backgrounds (business, public sector and third sector players) and in how brokerage activities are shaping the social entrepreneurship sector's evolution.
The working title of Tanja's thesis is 'Creating and managing networks to foster social and institutional change. The case of brokerage in the social entrepreneurship sector in England'.
Tanja has already published an article out of her Master's thesis and is about to publish two papers out of her PhD dissertation. Furthermore, she currently has two more working papers based on her doctoral work.
In the last two years Tanja has presented at several conferences and workshops, such as the Social Entrepreneurship Conference at USC (Los Angeles) in 2016, the Austrian Early Scholars conference at the University of Linz in 2016, the meeting on social innovation at the University of Cambridge in 2016 and the Scancor workshop at the University of Lyon in 2015. She also organized and led a workshop at the Marmalade conference in Oxford in 2017 to present part of her findings to practitioners and her job-market paper has been accepted for presentation at the AOM meeting 2017 (for which she also acted as a reviewer).
Tanja has also developed a diverse teaching experience. She has been the teaching assistant for the MBA Rethinking Business course at Saïd Business School in the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17; she is also the tutor of an online course in Social Entrepreneurship for the Oxford Continuing Education department and she has tutored undergraduates in strategy and innovation at the Oxford Summer School and at Worcester College (Oxford).
Tanja's research focuses on understanding the brokerage behaviour of national and international brokers active in the social entrepreneurship field according to the lenses of 'tertius gaudens' and 'tertius iungens'. The goal is to understand if, in a field combining the logics of business, public and third sectors, brokerage behaviour is comparable to that in one of these sectors.
Additionally, she is interested in understanding how brokerage is intertwined with institutions formation and maintenance.
Tanja Collavo (2015) 'The internationalization of Disney theme parks: where dreams come true marketing success'. New College Collection 2015.