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Action Research in Social Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Involvement


  • Mathew Tasker
  • Linda Westberg
  • Richard G. Seymour


This paper presents a social entrepreneurship undertaking that has been both a motivation and exemplar to develop action research methods. The complexity of social entrepreneurship and action research processes are presented, highlighting the need for an organising framework that will both provide support and allow for flexibility. The Action Research Cycle, with five key episodes and an emphasis on the dynamics of ebb and flow, is proposed as a framework for understanding and managing social entrepreneurship projects. Drawing on the social entrepreneurship project Mushuk Muyu, examples highlight the application and use of the framework. The paper concludes with key insights, strengths and weaknesses, and the benefits of using the framework.

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  • Mathew Tasker & Linda Westberg & Richard G. Seymour, 2010. "Action Research in Social Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Involvement," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 6(2-3), pages 223-255.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2010_02-03_tasker

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    action research; social entrepreneurship; research method; participation; framework;

    JEL classification:

    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • N36 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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