The Embeddedness of Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding Variation Across Local Communities

Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2011

IESE Business School Working Paper No. 858

26 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2010

See all articles by Christian Seelos

Christian Seelos

Stanford PACS

Johanna Mair

Independent

Julie Battilana

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Harvard Business School - Organizational Behavior Unit

Tina Dacin

Queen's University - Smith School of Business

Date Written: May 5, 2010

Abstract

Social enterprise organizations (SEOs) arise from entrepreneurial activities with the aim to achieve social goals. SEOs have been identified as alternative and/or complementary to the actions of governments and international organizations to address poverty and poverty-related social needs. Using a number of illustrative cases, we explore how variation of local institutional mechanisms shapes the local “face of poverty” in different communities and how this relates to variations in the emergence and strategic orientations of SEOs. We develop a model of the productive opportunity space for SEOs as a basis and an inspiration for further scholarly inquiry.

Suggested Citation

Seelos, Christian and Mair, Johanna and Battilana, Julie and Dacin, Tina, The Embeddedness of Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding Variation Across Local Communities (May 5, 2010). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2011, IESE Business School Working Paper No. 858, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687083

Christian Seelos (Contact Author)

Stanford PACS ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Johanna Mair

Independent

Julie Battilana

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard Business School - Organizational Behavior Unit ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Tina Dacin

Queen's University - Smith School of Business ( email )

Smith School of Business - Queen's University
143 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

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