E. Kisielius “Impact of social business on economy” doctoral dissertation defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Eimantas Kisielius, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Social Sciences, Economics, S004

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Habil. Žaneta Simanavičienė (Kaunas University Of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, S004)

Dissertation Defence Board of Economics Scientific Field:
Prof. Dr. Dalia Štreimikienė (Lithuanian Energy Institute, Social Sciences, Economics, S004) chairwoman
Prof. Dr.Vytautas Juščius (Klaipėda University, Social Sciences, Economics, S004)
Prof. Dr. Natalja Lace (Riga Technical University, Latvia, Social Sciences, Economics, S004)
Prof. Dr. Violeta Pukelienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Economics, S004)
Prof. Dr. Gražina Startienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, S004)

The dissertation defence takes place online.

The doctoral dissertation is available at the library of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20, Kaunas).


Social business is still a new phenomenon, especially in Lithuania. Social business is undoubtedly important as proven by the attention of various different stakeholders. In thesis this new and relevant phenomenon is analysed and a scientific problem is formed by the following question: how do we measure the impact of social business on the economy and what is it in Lithuania?
The developed methodology for assessing the impact of social business on the economy confirmed that it is important to determine in the cost-benefit analysis how the proposed initiative has affected the income, housing, health, security and so on – these are the things on which people’s well-being actually depends. It is also important to explain why this is the effect – thus it is necessary to explain the causal relationship. A conceptual model of the social business impact assessment based on cost-benefit analysis has been developed, which includes the impact of social business on the most important entities of social business: the society, the social business employee, social business as a business unit, taxpayers not directly related to social business activities, and social business family members and friends. The empirical impact research was conducted. The significant positive increase in the gross income and the labor income over the last month and the number of avoided arrests and changes in stable housing and reduced alcohol and drug counseling led to a positive current net benefit per person employed in social business for all the groups in the society.

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