Social Ventures from a Resource-Based Perspective: An Exploratory Study Assessing Global Ashoka Fellows

20 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010

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Colleen Robb-Post

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jeffrey A. Stamp

University of North Dakota

Alan L. Carsrud

Florida International University (FIU)

Paul D. Reynolds

Florida International University, Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center

Abstract

This study aims to discover relationships using a resource-based view of entrepreneurship and the social value creation characteristics of 70 social entrepreneurs. This study builds on existing research that commercial and social entrepreneurs share similar operational processes by providing empirical support for these relationships from a sample of acknowledged successful social entrepreneurs and by applying a resource-based lens to the context of social entrepreneurship. Novel qualitative and quantitative content analysis techniques were applied to the online profiles of Ashoka Fellows. Statistically significant relationships were found among measures of partnerships, financial capital, innovativeness, organizational structure, and knowledge transferability. These findings suggest that social entrepreneurs, when viewed through a resource-based lens, demonstrate similar internal operational processes in utilizing resource bundles as commercial entrepreneurs.

Suggested Citation

Robb-Post, Colleen and Stamp, Jeffrey A. and Carsrud, Alan L. and Reynolds, Paul D., Social Ventures from a Resource-Based Perspective: An Exploratory Study Assessing Global Ashoka Fellows. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 661-680, July 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1634118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00389.x

Colleen Robb-Post

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Jeffrey A. Stamp

University of North Dakota

Box 8366
Grand Forks, ND 58202
United States

Alan L. Carsrud

Florida International University (FIU) ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

Paul D. Reynolds

Florida International University, Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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