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Internationalization of Social Business: Toward a Comprehensive Conceptual Understanding

Societal Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness

ISBN: 978-1-83867-472-4, eISBN: 978-1-83867-471-7

Publication date: 8 October 2019


This chapter is aimed at developing a conceptual framework for the internationalization process of social business (SB). The study has been conducted by reviewing the literature on social entrepreneurship, SB, and internationalization of small business. The study indicated that the internationalization decision for SB is taken by the motivation to create a social impact in the target foreign location. Based on the analyses and related literature, the entrepreneur-specific, firm-specific, and context-specific factors affecting the internationalization decision of social entrepreneurs are presented. As part of the framework, the chapter explains opportunity identification and the internationalization implementation phases for SBs. One of the key contributions of the chapter is the depiction of an internationalization framework for SB, which is an innovative addition to social entrepreneurship literature. The framework developed here could help social entrepreneurs to take decisions for scaling their businesses internationally.



Misbauddin, S.M. and Nabi, M.N.U. (2019), "Internationalization of Social Business: Toward a Comprehensive Conceptual Understanding", Dana, L.-P. and Ratten, V. (Ed.) Societal Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-136.



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