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Award on Research in
Social Innovation

The Stone Soup Award on Research in Social Innovation recognises a research project that identifies strategies and actions linked to social innovation.

Our aim with this award is to encourage students and professionals to work in the field of entrepreneurship and social innovation. Also, to contribute to fostering systemic improvements in social justice, both in theory and practice.


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Delia Mensitieri wins the Stone Soup Award
on Research in Social Innovation 2021


Stone Soup Consulting has granted the 4th edition of its Award on Research in Social Innovation to the academic research “Inclusion starts with I: Reducing identity threat to promote an inclusive environment and to improve performance, career aspirations, and satisfaction” by Delia Mensitieri. This edition of the award is dedicated to” Diversity in the workplace” and will dedicate its 5,000€ fund to support Mensitieri’s work in this academic field.

According to Mensitieri, “this research will help to have a clearer view on how both leadership and certain organisational practices have an influence on how included employees feel and in turn on several business KPI’s”. Although organisations are investing time and efforts to create a truly diverse learning environment, they still struggle to foster an inclusive space where all employees feel that they belong and can reach their full potential.

This four-year research started in 2021 and focuses on three main areas: the definition of an inclusive organisation by a thorough literature study; the relationship between identity threat, the organisation and experiencing microaggressions; and finally, the effect of interventions focused on reducing identity threat. The scope of the research will also cover several companies ranging from a large multinational to a smaller SME located in Belgium.

At Stone Soup, we believe that this work contributes to understand the relationship between climate for inclusion (which refers to the extent to which employees collectively perceive that the organisation values differences), inclusive leadership (i.e. the capacity to lead a heterogeneous group of people efficiently, while respecting their uniqueness in an empathetic, bias-free way), and felt inclusion (the perception of inclusion employees have within the organisation).


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Award winners


This research carried out an investigation with 840 students from 3 schools in Lisbon. It demonstrates the interdependency between stages in personal and social development of students and their school engagement beyond their academic performance.


This research demonstrates that the selection of the performance information that goes into a report isn’t obvious. Depending on what information is selected, a charity can appear effective or ineffective. What matters to charity reporting is a non-obvious decision that can be improved with some codification and guidance.


2012 | Ricardo Zozimo

Ricardo’s research is about how entrepreneurs learn. There is a broad consensus that entrepreneurs learn through experience, his project is about social learning and how entrepreneurs can benefit from paying more attention to what they observe.  

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