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Cooperatives, Social entrepreneurship, Collective entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial team, Social networks, Institutional theory
With an academic background in Business administration (University of Maastricht) and Economic and Political Sociology (Institut d’Etudes Politiques – Sciences-Po Paris), Frédéric Dufays has worked for the regional (Walloon) and the Belgian federal public services of Foreign affairs, especially with regard to international organizations (UNESCO, WTO, OECD, EU).
He integrated the Centre for Social Economy at the HEC Management School of the University of Liege (EMES Research Centre) in 2012 as a PhD-student. In 2013, he was granted a FRESH (FNRS) scholarship. His dissertation dealt with collective dynamics in nascent social entrepreneurship.
In 2016, he joined the KULeuven to coordinate the Cera-BoerenBond Chair on Cooperative Entrepreneurship. There, he is responsible for the set up of a research agenda and an educational offer on cooperatives. His current research projects deal with cooperative creation and market entry, as well as the representation of cooperatives.