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Gauging the success of social ventures initiated by individual social entrepreneurs

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  • Sharir, Moshe
  • Lerner, Miri
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    This paper focuses on identifying the factors affecting the success of social ventures operating in social settings in Israel. An exploratory qualitative field study included 33 social ventures, founded in the 1990s by individuals acting independently of their positions in other organizations. The study demonstrates eight variables as contributing to the success of the social ventures, arranged in the order of their value: (1) the entrepreneur's social network; (2) total dedication to the venture's success; (3) the capital base at the establishment stage; (4) the acceptance of the venture idea in the public discourse; (5) the composition of the venturing team, including the ratio of volunteers to salaried employees; (6) forming cooperations in the public and nonprofit sectors in the long-term; (7) the ability of the service to stand the market test; and (8) the entrepreneurs' previous managerial experience.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 6-20

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    Keywords: Social ventures Social entrepreneurship Success-related factors;

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    2. Ruebottom, Trish, 2013. "The microstructures of rhetorical strategy in social entrepreneurship: Building legitimacy through heroes and villains," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 98-116.
    3. G. Lumpkin & Todd Moss & David Gras & Shoko Kato & Alejandro Amezcua, 2013. "Entrepreneurial processes in social contexts: how are they different, if at all?," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 761-783, April.
    4. Weerawardena, Jay & McDonald, Robert E. & Mort, Gillian Sullivan, 2010. "Sustainability of nonprofit organizations: An empirical investigation," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 45(4), pages 346-356, October.
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    13. Roy Thurik & Brigitte Hoogendoorn & Enrico Pennings, 2011. "A conceptual overview of What We Know About Social Entrepreneurship," Scales Research Reports H201114, EIM Business and Policy Research.
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