LAS SPIN-OFFS ACADÉMICAS Y SU POSIBLE CONFIGURACIÓN COMO EMPRESAS DE ECONOMÍA SOCIAL / THE ACADEMIC SPIN-OFFS AND SET AS SOCIAL ECONOMY ENTERPRISES.
Author(s)Carlos VARGAS VASSEROT
KeywordsEMPRESAS DE BASE TECNOLóGICA
ECONOMíA SOCIAL / spin-off
University- worker societies
Social sciences (General)
Economics as a science
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AbstractEl estudio trata de las posibilidades y limitaciones que tienen las empresas de economía social (cooperativas y sociedades laborales fundamentalmente) para ser utilizadas para la creación de Empresas de Base Tecnológica en el ámbito académico. Primero se realiza una aproximación básica al concepto de la economía social, para posteriormente diferenciar las empresas simplemente innovadoras (start-up en terminología anglosajona) de las empresas que explotan una tecnología o conocimiento transferido por una Universidad y en la que parte de los socios son investigadores de dicha institución (spin-offs académicas). Aunque ambas se engloban en un término amplio de Empresas de Base Tecnológica no son lo mismo. Mientras que para desarrollar empresas de alto y rápido desarrollo tecnológico por egresados y estudiantes universitarios no existe problema alguno para constituirse como empresas de economía social, para hacer una Empresa de Base Tecnológica académica existen determinadas barreras legales. Los investigadores y socios de la empresa suelen ser profesores que trabajan a tiempo completo y en exclusiva en la Universidad, lo que impide, en principio, estar realizando de manera continuada una actividad laboral o de prestación de servicios en una entidad privada, que es el núcleo de la actividad mutualista típica de las sociedades cooperativas y sociedades laborales. Además, si la Universidad participa en el capital social de la spin-off constituida, que es la tendencia, las ventajas de las empresas de economía social no son tan claras para el organismo público que suele preferir ser socio de una sociedad de capital / The study deals with the possibilities and constraints facing social economy enterprises (co-operatives and worker societies mainly) to be used for creating Spin-off an academic field. First is a basic approach to the concept of social economy, to further differentiate the companies simply innovative (star-up in Anglo-Saxo terminology) of companies operating a technology or knowledge transferred by a university and in which the partners are researchers at that institution (academic spin-offs). Although both fall into a broad term for Spin-off are not the same. While for companies that develop high technology and rapid development of graduates and colleges students doesn’t exist any problem to establish itself as social economy enterprises, to constitute a formal academic spin-off there are certain legal barriers. Researchers and business associates are often teachers who work full time and exclusively at the university, which prevents, in principle, be continuously performing a work activity or the provision of services in a private entity, which is the core of typical mutual activity of co-operatives and worker societies. Furthermore, if the University participates in the capital of the spin-off constituted, which is the tendency, the benefits of social economy enterprises are not as clear for the public organism which usually prefers to be a partner in a capital company.
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Social Protection in Low Income Countries and Fragile Situations : Challenges and Future DirectionsOvadiya, Mirey; Zampaglione, Giuseppe; Das, Maitreyi; Andrews, Colin; Elder, John (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2013-05-28)Demand for social protection is growing in low income countries and fragile situations. In recent years, the success of social protection (SP) interventions in middle income countries (MICs) like Brazil and Mexico, along with the series of food, fuel, and financial crises, has prompted policymakers in low income countries (LICs) and fragile situations (FSs) to examine the possibility of introducing such programs in their own countries. Flagship programs in countries as diverse as Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, and Rwanda have shown the adaptability of social protection interventions to the LIC context. Yet, despite growing levels of support for these initiatives, many challenges remain. In LICs and FSs, governments are confronted with a nexus of mutually reinforcing deficits that increase the need for SP programs and simultaneously reduce their ability to successfully respond. Governments face hard choices about the type, affordability, and sustainability of SP interventions. The paper reviews how these factors affect SP programs in these countries and identifies ways to address the deficits. It supports the establishment of resilient SP systems to address specific needs and vulnerabilities and to respond flexibly to both slow and sudden onset crises. To achieve this, both innovation and pragmatism are required in three strategic areas: (i) building the basic blocks of SP systems (e.g., targeting, payments, and monitoring and evaluation); (ii) ensuring financial sustainability; and (iii) promoting good governance and transparency. These issues suggest the possibility of a different trajectory in the development of social protection in LICs than in MICs. The implications for World Bank support include the need to focus on increasing knowledge and operational effectiveness of SP programs, fostering institutional links between multiple SP programs, and using community capacity and technological innovations to overcome bottlenecks in operations.
Managing Risk, Promoting GrowthWorld Bank (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2016-02-08)A growing body of evidence demonstrates
that individuals and households experience a range of
positive outcomes from social protection. Social protection
increases productivity and growth. Countries can realize
significant benefits by creating an integrated social
protection system. Social protection is affordable in
low-income countries despite tight budgets. While overall
spending on social protection in Africa remains low by
international standards, experience suggests that social
protection programs can achieve national coverage at the
cost of only 1 to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
While this is only a portion of the financing required to
operate a social protection system, it draws attention to
what countries can achieve in the short-term. Indeed, one
way in which existing social protection spending can be made
significantly more efficient would be by reallocating
existing financing for inefficient subsidies and ad hoc
emergency food aid to predictable safety nets. At the same
time, pursuing reforms to social security systems will
ensure their fiscal sustainability, while expanding
coverage. Notably, the costs of not protecting poor families
are very high, are borne disproportionately by women and
children, and undermine the productivity of future
generations. The Strategy will be implemented by leveraging
partnerships, knowledge, and the World Bank's financing
instruments. The World Bank will continue to invest in
analytical work to fill knowledge gaps and promote an
evidence-based dialogue for social protection systems in
Africa and further innovation. It will work with governments
to build country-owned national social protection systems
with the aim of reducing fragmentation in the sector. The
Bank also will pay particular attention to institutional
development and capacity building by using its lending to
increase the coverage of successful social protection
interventions. Throughout this work, the Bank will work in
coordination with governments, development partners, the
private sector, academics, civil society, and beneficiaries.