Technical Note | HBS Case Collection | May 2012

Frameworks for Dialogue and Research about Social Impact Investing

by Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard


Social Impact Investment is a rapidly expanding field, but terminology in the field is poorly defined and imprecise. This note suggests frameworks that help to clarify important dimensions of SII projects, distinguishing and clarifying key differences in approaches to social impact investments undertaken by different organizations and funders.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; development stage enterprises; entrepreneurial management; entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial finance; financial instruments; performance measurement; balanced scorecard; Investment Funds; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Research; Framework; Entrepreneurship; Financial Services Industry;


Leonard, Herman B. "Dutch". "Frameworks for Dialogue and Research about Social Impact Investing." Harvard Business School Technical Note 312-091, May 2012.