What Is a Social Enterprise? Revising Old Concepts and Interviewing Social Entrepreneurs

de Souza João, Iraci, Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta and Galina, Simone V. R. (2017) What Is a Social Enterprise? Revising Old Concepts and Interviewing Social Entrepreneurs. Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change, 14 (2). pp. 127-147. ISSN 1477-9633

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779633.2017.1341761

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The concept of social enterprise (SE) has been developed by an emerging and collective effort of scholars over the world. However, a comprehensive meaning of ‘SE,’ which embeds traditional knowledge of organizational management has potential to be explored further. Due to the relevance of ‘SE’ in the contemporary society, new conceptual and practical insights are desirable. This study proposes to shed light on building up a definition for ‘SE’ that is inspired by existing definitions of organization and ‘SE’ and rely on real-world evidence. Literature review and comprehensive interviews with social entrepreneurs were conducted. Data analysis defines ‘SEs’ as an autonomous organization managed in a participative way and created by and for the community, with a relatively identifiable boundary, that strives to generate social wealth, and for this, produces goods and/or services that guarantee its financial viability, consequently, its continuity. Its integration into its environment generates consequences guided by social, economic, and environmental goals.

Keywords:Social enterprise, Organizational theory, Definition
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:40575
Deposited On:09 Apr 2020 10:19

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