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The Embeddedness of Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding Variation across Local Communities

Communities and Organizations

ISBN: 978-1-78052-284-5, eISBN: 978-1-78052-285-2

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 23 November 2011


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.


Seelos, C., Mair, J., Battilana, J. and Tina Dacin, M. (2011), "The Embeddedness of Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding Variation across Local Communities", Marquis, C., Lounsbury, M. and Greenwood, R. (Ed.) Communities and Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 33), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 333-363.



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