Social Entrepreneurship, Miscellaneous

August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Social entrepreneurship: Taking stock and looking ahead This essay sets out to take stock of existing endeavors to conceptualize Social Entrepreneurship. We illustrate the context-specific nature of the phenomenon and derive implications for fostering social entrepreneurship as a positive force for social and economic development. The paper has two main objectives: first, to stimulate a productive agenda for future research that goes beyond questions of ‘who’ and ‘what’ by pursuing the important considerations of ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘how’; and second, in so doing, to generate real insights for advances in both theory and practice.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of Institutions A relatively small segment of business, known as social entrepreneurship (SE), is increasingly being acknowledged as an effective source of solutions for a variety of social problems. Because society tends to view ‘‘new’’ solutions as ‘‘the’’ solution, we are concerned that SE will soon be expected to provide answers to our most pressing social ills. In this paper we call into question the ability of SE, by itself, to provide solutions on a scope necessary to address large-scale social issues.

Bornstein, D.: 2004, How to Change the World (Oxford University Press, New York). What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up–and remake the world for the better. How to Change the World tells the fascinating stories of these remarkable individuals–many in the United States, others in countries from Brazil to Hungary–providing an In Search of Excellence for the nonprofit sector.

How A 21-Year-Old Design Student’s Sleeping-Bag Coat Could Break The Cycle Of Homelessness As a design student in Detroit, Veronika Scott was keenly aware of the increasing numbers of homeless people suffering deeply during the relentless winters. At the tender age of 21, she created The Detroit Empowerment Plan not to solve homelessness, but to provide much-needed warmth to the city’s 20,000 street dwellers.

The World’s Cheapest Lightbulb Is Made Of Just A Plastic Bottle In places where there is no grid, houses can be dark. But a simple solution–a plastic bottle stuck in the roof–can light up a room. The simple technology can be installed in less than an hour, lasts for five years, and is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb. It works simply: The water defracts the light, letting it spread throughout the house instead of focusing on one point. The bleach keeps the water clear and microbe-free.

For Benevolence and for Self-Interest: Social and Commercial Entrepreneurial Activity across Nations We conceptualise social entrepreneurship as a source of social capital which, when present in the environment, enhances commercial entrepreneurship. We also argue that social entrepreneurship should be recognised as a second form of Baumol’s (1990) productive entrepreneurship and that it will therefore compete at the individual level for resources with commercial entrepreneurship. Unlike institutional void theory, we see social entrepreneurship as conditional on institutional quality, but consistent with the institutional void perspective we see it as filling the gaps where government activism is lower.

Social Entrepreneurs 2011: How a Business Can Change the World It used to be that if you wanted to make a difference, you joined a nonprofit. And if you wanted to make money, you launched a business. These days, it’s not so simple. More nonprofits are being run like fast-growth start-ups. And more traditional companies are being built around social missions.

How to Become a Social Entrepreneur Many of us feel the need to serve a greater good in life, but turning a passion into a successful nonprofit takes serious business acumen.

Harvard Prof Highlights Booming Enterprises in War-Torn Pakistan Pakistan may be war-torn, but that hasn’t stopped a dynamic entrepreneurial culture from taking shape, as evidenced by a recognition made this week by Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s AllWorld Network of the country’s Fast Growth 25 winners.

Strategic Niche Management of Social Innovations: the Case of Social Entrepreneurship Strategic niche management (SNM), a tool to understand and manage radical socio-technical innovations and facilitate their diffusion, has always departed from a technical artefact. Many radical innovations, however, do not revolve around such an artefact. Social entrepreneurship is a new business model that combines a social goal with a business mentality and is heralded as an important new way to create social value such as sustainability.

How China’s Entrepreneurs Are Helping It Win The Washington, D.C.–based venture capitalist produced a provocative documentary, 2 Million Minutes, which tracked six students—two each in the U.S., India, and China—during their senior year of high school. It showed the Indian and Chinese students slogging to learn mathematics and science, and the Americans partying and playing video games


Social Entrepreneurship, Dissertation Abstracts

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

A theory of socio-business diffusion: Understanding the influence of Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa as a positive force for change at the intersection of business and society The main purpose of this research is to understand how and what people are learning from an innovative business model that enjoins social and economic good. This study highlights an organization widely recognized as the most successful cooperative in history, Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa (MCC) located in Basque Country.


In search of noble organizing: A study in social entrepreneurship This dissertation is an invitation for dialogue and change. It introduces a generative, grounded theory of noble organizing; a dynamic process linking noble intentions and the translation of those intentions into social action through processes that defy traditional norms.


Convening opportunity: Social entrepreneurship in two community development initiatives This study explored the process of social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit setting. Theoretical constructs of institutional structures and social capital were integrated into an emerging theory of social entrepreneurship in two community development Initiatives.


Social entrepreneurship and earned income opportunities: An examination of the importance of institutional factors in predicting entrepreneurial action among nonprofit organizations The increased attention recently paid to the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship has focused little attention on the process of social entrepreneurship or how entrepreneurial decisions are made in a social context. I seek to better understand why the presumed positive relationship between economic need and entrepreneurial action does not exist at the level we expect, and suggest that that relationship is mediated or moderated by three key institutional factors: organizational competency/capability, organizational identity orientation, and the salience of stakeholder groups.


Social entrepreneurship and urban tourism as economic development: Best practices from Long Beach, California The research question that guided this study was the following: What practices can the social entrepreneur employ to determine and direct a downtown district’s theme formation process? Related questions include the following: (1) What is the effect of globalization on the world’s cities, and how is tourism being used to respond? (2) Who is the modern tourist? (3) What makes a city a tourist attraction? (4) What local themes can the social entrepreneur use to initiate and manage the transformative process? This study used downtown Long Beach, California, as a case study to develop the best practices, employing opinions, evaluations, and scholarly sources to answer the research questions.


The business of change: Introducing the social entrepreneurship mindset to students This thesis introduces the field of social entrepreneurship from an educator’s perspective, and explores how students can best be prepared to embark on further work in the field. A review of the literature considers social entrepreneurship within the context of learning, and how students’ learning processes can best be supported to encourage the development of self-directed learning strategies.

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