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Different Types of Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of Geography and Embeddedness on the Measurement and Scaling of Social Value


Brett R. Smith


Miami University of Ohio - Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration

Christopher E. Stevens


Gonzaga University - School of Business Administration

December 29, 2009

Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 575-598

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With its continued emergence in both academic and practitioner communities, the diversity of organisations categorised as social entrepreneurship continues to expand. The increasing diversity represents a challenge to the field as it attempts to build a scientific base of knowledge. To address this issue, we build upon a typology of different forms of social entrepreneurship to theorise about how the role of ‘sites and spaces’ may affect the social entrepreneurial process. Specifically, we explain how variance in the geographic focus of different types of social entrepreneurship influences the types of social networks in which social entrepreneurship is embedded. Drawing upon this logic of embeddedness, we develop propositions about how the structural embeddedness of social entrepreneurship may affect the measurement and scaling of social value. The purpose of this paper is to add to the relatively sparse but growing theoretical foundation of the field of social entrepreneurship.

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Keywords: social entrepreneurship, embeddedness, scaling, social performance, social networks

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Date posted: March 15, 2010 ; Last revised: August 7, 2014

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Smith, Brett R. and Stevens, Christopher E., Different Types of Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of Geography and Embeddedness on the Measurement and Scaling of Social Value (December 29, 2009). Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 575-598. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1529209

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Brett R. Smith (Contact Author)
Miami University of Ohio - Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration ( email )
Oxford, OH 45056
United States
Christopher E. Stevens
Gonzaga University - School of Business Administration ( email )
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0009
United States
509-313-3430 (Phone)
509-313-5811 (Fax)
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