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The embeddedness of social entrepreneurship: Understanding variation across local communities


  • Seelos, Christian

    () (IESE Business School)

  • Mair, Johanna

    (IESE Business School)

  • Battilana, Julie

    (Harvard Business School)

  • Dacin, M. Tina

    (Queen's School of Business)


Social 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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  • Seelos, Christian & Mair, Johanna & Battilana, Julie & Dacin, M. Tina, 2010. "The embeddedness of social entrepreneurship: Understanding variation across local communities," IESE Research Papers D/858, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0858

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    1. Fatih Ozturk, 2014. "A Comparative Social Enterprise Analysis: Motives, Processes and Barriers (Analiza porownawcza przedsiebiorstw spolecznych – motywy, procesy i bariery)," Research Reports, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 1(17), pages 86-97.

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