Institutions and social entrepreneurship:the role of institutional voids, institutional support, and institutional configurations


We develop the institutional configuration perspective to understand which national contexts facilitate social entrepreneurship (SE). We confirm joint effects on SE of formal regulatory (government activism), informal cognitive (postmaterialist cultural values), and informal normative (socially supportive cultural norms, or weak-tie social capital) institutions in a multilevel study of 106,484 individuals in 26 nations. We test opposing propositions from the institutional void and institutional support perspectives. Our results underscore the importance of resource support from both formal and informal institutions, and highlight motivational supply side influences on SE. They advocate greater consideration of institutional configurations in institutional theory and comparative entrepreneurship research.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Ute Stephan gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission, Socioeconomic Sciences and Humanities Grant Agreement 613500 (Seforїs project).
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative entrepreneurship,cultural values,institutional theory,institutional void,social capital,social entrepreneurship,Business and International Management,General Business,Management and Accounting,Economics and Econometrics,Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management
Publication ISSN: 1478-6990
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Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 08:40
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Published Date: 2015
Published Online Date: 2014-07-31
Authors: Stephan, Ute (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4514-6057)
Uhlaner, Lorraine M.
Stride, Chris B.



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