Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee
Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee

Expertise 4

Socio-economic sustainability

CenSE values the humane and social aspects of sustainable entrepreneurship. Previously focused on sustainable HRM, employment evolution, and inclusive entrepreneurship within "socioeconomic sustainability," the focus is now shifting to "social entrepreneurship." Driven by the recognition of social impact and sustainability, CenSE deeply examines enterprises that combine economic value and social impact. The cluster will analyze the survival and growth mechanisms of social enterprises, including competencies, business models, collaborations, and impact measurements across various types and organizations.

Current projects

European Social Innovation Campus (ESIC)

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Supporting community-based entrepreneurship and solidarity through civic crowdfunding

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Past projects

Job Yourself

One of the initiatives within the Brussels-Capital Region to stimulate entrepreneurship and thus reduce unemployment is JobYourself.

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Sustainable Human Resources Management

The Sustainable HRM Research examines how sustainable HRM policies, sustainable HRM systems, practices and processes are implemented in private and public organizations based on case studies. In addition, this research analyzes the effects of sustainable HRM on the organization and on individual employees.

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Prisons as logistics hubs for e-commerce

Since September 2017, Odisee has been conducting practice-oriented research into prison labor. The project contains two spearheads: on the one hand, to examine whether the employment in prisons can take shape as a logistical employment and, on the other hand, what the preconditions are for implementing a logistics training (in particular via workplace learning) in prison.

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  • [2019 – EN] Henssen, B., Gielens, T., Broekaert, W. (2019). Family firms and Sustainable Human Resource Management: Is there a Match? Presented at the CeFEO / JIBS Research Seminar, Jönköping University, Sweden. 
  • [2018 – EN] De Prins, P., Stuer, D., Gielens, T. (2018). Revitalizing social dialogue in the workplace: the impact of a cooperative industrial relations climate and sustainable HR practices on reducing employee harm. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Art.No. 10.1080/09585192.2017.1423098. 
  • [2018 – EN] Gielens, T., Henssen, B. (2018). Building a theoretical framework for sustainable HRM from case study research. In: Proceedings of the EGOS conference. Presented at the European Group of Organizational Studies Conference, Tallinn, 04 Jul 2018-07 Jul 2018.
  • [2018 – NL] Van Rossem, K. (2018). Niet voor rede vatbaar? De Aristote-les over hoe omgaan met 'radicaliserende' (moslim) jongeren. Filosofie, 28 (1), 45-49. (professional oriented) Open Access 
  • [2017 – EN] Van Rossem, K. (2017). Socrates in prison. Socratic dialogues with prisoners. Philosophical Practice, 12 (3), 1980-1991. 
  • [2014 – EN] Van Rossem, K. (2014). Meeting Socrates. Philosophical Practice, 9 (1), 1344-1351. Open Access 
  • [2019 – NL] Gielens, T. (2019). HRM: moet het strategisch of duurzaam zijn? HR Square, 192. 
  • [2017 – NL] Van Rossem, K., Meskens, J., Van Overmeir, J. (2017). Leerling of bekeerling. Radicalisering bespreken in de klas. Leuven: Acco. ISBN: 978-94-6344-030-1. (professional oriented) 
  • [2018 – NL] Gielens, T. (2018). Inspiratiesessie Duurzaam Loopbaanbeleid. Presented at the Raad van Bestuur Formaat vzw, Berchem, 21 Apr 2018-21 Apr 2018. (professional oriented)
  • [2019 – EN] Gielens, T., Henssen, B. (2019). Sustainable Human Resource Policies: a multiple case study approach. Presented at the 34TH EIASM WORKSHOP ON STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Vienna, 25 Apr 2019-26 Jul 2019.

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