Context and social enterprises:which environments enable social entrepreneurship?


Societal challenges such as inequalities, poverty, poor health and environmental degradation are growing. Social enterprises – organisations that use market based-based activities to alleviate societal needs – and social entrepreneurs –individuals working for their own account to pursue prosocial goals to benefit others – can help to address such societal challenges. But how can social entrepreneurship be supported through policies and other support measures? To start answering these questions, we explored which environments enable social entrepreneurship across countries globally and across European regions. We did so by taking an institutional perspective, considering (1) formal institutions such as regulation, the welfare state and the rule of law, (2) informal institutions including cultural values and norms, social capital and religiosity, as well as (3) the alignment of formal and informal institutions. We also examined similarities and differences with commercial entrepreneurship to help start understand whether both types of entrepreneurship benefit from similar contexts, or whether there may be competing effects.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative entrepreneurship,social enterprise,social entrepreneurship,context,institutions,culture,institutional theory,welfare state,solidarity,social capital,rule of law,socially supportive culture ,Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous),Applied Psychology
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2024 07:32
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:40
PURE Output Type: Commissioned report
Published Date: 2017-06
Authors: Stephan, Ute (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4514-6057)
Folmer, Emma (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9597-8057)



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