The embeddedness of social entrepreneurship: Understanding variation across local communities
AbstractSocial enterprise organizations (SEOs) arise from entrepreneurial activities with the aim of achieving social goals. SEOs have been seen as alternative and/or complementary to the actions of governments and international organizations to address poverty and poverty-related social needs. Using a number of illustrative cases, we explore how variations in local institutional mechanisms shape the local "face of poverty" in different communities and how this relates to variations in the emergence and strategic orientations of SEOs. We develop a model of the productive opportunity space for SEOs as a basis of, and an inspiration for, further scholarly inquiry.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/858.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 03 May 2010
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social entrepreneurship; Social mechanisms; poverty; opportunity; institutions;
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- NEP-ALL-2010-09-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENT-2010-09-25 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-MIC-2010-09-25 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-09-25 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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