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Social Entrepreneurship - A Model for Sustainable Value Creation

21 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2010 Last revised: 2 Nov 2013

Michael Pirson

Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network

Date Written: January 11, 2010


The concept of social entrepreneurship is discussed and examined for its potential to support sustainable value creation. A detailed case study of bracNet provides an example of shared value creation. bracNet is a for-profit enterprise in Bangladesh aiming to close the digital divide globally and regionally. New business models and cross-sectoral partnerships allow bracNet to implement a social and financial value creation strategy. Key for success seems to be the shared ownership of bracNet, by BRAC, a non-profit organization, and various for profit entities (including VC's, industrial conglomerates and Hedgefunds).

Keywords: Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship, Shared-Value Creation, Shareholder Value maximization, Appreciative Inquiry

JEL Classification: A00, B00, H00, I00, M00, M10, M13, L3, N3

Suggested Citation

Pirson, Michael, Social Entrepreneurship - A Model for Sustainable Value Creation (January 11, 2010). Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2010-011. Available at SSRN: or

Michael Pirson (Contact Author)

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