Dr Chris Mason
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Swinburne Business School
- Centre for Social Impact Swinburne
- AGSE203K Hawthorn campus
- ORCID profile
Dr Chris Mason joined the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in 2013 as Senior Research Fellow. His research interests cover social enterprise, policy development, critical discourse studies and governance.
Chris is internationally-recognised for his social enterprise research, and his work deals with the complex relationships between entrepreneurs, organsations and policy. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Policy & Politics and the Journal of Business Ethics. He is an Associate Editor for the Social Enterprise Journal, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
During his tenure at CSIS, Chris has worked on several high-profile projects, funded by industry and through competitive research funding:
- 'Improving Health Equity of Young People? The role of social enterprise' (ARC Linkage Grant);
- 'Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing (funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute);
- 'Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector' (with Social Traders);
- 'Evaluation of the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds'
- 'Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Community Sector and Social Enterprise Resilience' (funded by the Bankwest Foundation).
Chris leads the development of the Social Enterprise Reporting Tool (SERT), a free web-tool for social enterprises to monitor the performance. He is also the Course Director for the PhD by Practice-based Research, a high-profile course that attracts senior leaders from across industrial sector to conduct their doctoral research.
Social enterprise; Social innovation; Social impact; Corporate social responsibility; Business ethics
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Assessing Social Enterprises in the NDIS: The emergence of the NDIS in Australia presents new opportunities and challenges for policy-makers, service providers and service users alike. This research will explore how social enterprises engage in this new quasi-market. The knowledge created will provide insights into how social enterprises make a difference through their approaches to disability services provision.
Comparing Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Boards: This reserch will challenge the assumption that nonprofit and social enterprise boards are similar in terms of structure, process and culture. The project will use multiple methods to compare, contrast and critique governance in these organsations, creating knowledge of significant benefit to several stakeholder groups.
Measuring Social Enterprise Governance Performance: The emergence of the NDIS in Australia presents new opportunities and challenges for policy-makers, service providers and service users alike. In this project, the research will explore and compare how social enterprises engage in this new quasi-market. The new knowledge created will provide insights into how social enterprises make a difference through their approaches to disability services provision.
Social Enterprise Discourses - A Critical Analysis: This research project will explore and critique discourses of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Critical studies of SE represent a significant gap in scholarly knowledge, thus the research will adopt a critical approach, including actor-network theory or participatory action research. The project will produce a critically-informed view of SE discourses, valuable to practitioners.
Social Enterprise Governance and Integrated Reporting: This project will use social enterprises as the context to explore the application of an Integrated Reporting framework. The project will benefit practitoners seeking appropriate reporting processes for organsations that seek to balance both financial and social goals.
Social Enterprise Policy - A Comparative Analysis: This research builds on recent work (Mason and Moran 2016) to comparatively explore social enterprise policy-making in Australia. Addressing federal and state levels of government, the research will contrast global policy evidence to social enterprise development.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement - 150303
- Business Ethics - 220102
- 2017, National, CSIRO ON Prime Pre-Accelerator (Adapative Design Social Enterprise), CSIRO
- 2009, International, Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards, European Foundation for Management Development
Also published as: Mason, Chris; Mason, C.; Mason, Christopher
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2017: Improving Health Equity of Young People? The role of social enterprise *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
- 2017: Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
- 2016: Evaluation of the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds *; The University of New South Wales
- 2016: Social Enterprise Research Colloquium 2016, Melbourne *; Ian Potter Travel and Conference Grants
- 2016: The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
- 2016: Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
- 2014: Evidence Review: Social Innovation for health (equity) promotion *; VicHealth
- 2014: Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Community Sector and Social Enterprise Resilience *; Bankwest Foundation
- 2014: Visiting Researcher Scheme 2014 - Dr Pascal Dey *; Visiting Researcher Scheme
- 2012: Impact Assessments: Maximising the development value of inward FDI for local communities *; AusAID Public Sector Linkages Program
* Chief Investigator
- 2017-04-27: How can a sustainable Start-Up Stay Up? - Third Sector
- 2017-04-27: Study Into Resilience of Social Enterprises – Challenges and Opportunities - Pro Bono News
- 2015-07-21: Triple J Hack - Social Enterprise - ABC
- 2015-02-25: Navigating Social Enterprise â€˜Tensionsâ€™ - Pro Bono News
- 2014-11-19: Backing Up or Carving Out? The Role of Government in Supporting Social Enterprise - Pro Bono News
- 2014-03-18: Will more business-like social enterprises improve care? - The Conversation
- 2013-08-07: Defining Social Enterprise - Pro Bono News