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Leading in Social Entrepreneurship: Developing Organizational Resources in Confrontation with Paradoxes

Research in Organizational Change and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78973-554-3, eISBN: 978-1-78973-553-6

ISSN: 0897-3016

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to examine how leaders furthered the development of a social enterprise in response to paradoxes. Data on leadership practices were collected through interviews and observations in an Italian Healthcare network over the organization’s first two years. The data indicate that leaders addressed paradoxes in developing several critical resources by using both top-down influence and bottom-up participation. Leaders used top-down practices to further organizational development along a known path when they could leverage technical expertise or a vision to address a source of tension. Bottom-up practices, on the other hand, permitted the discovery of new paths that had not been previously identified. Leaders leveraged such responses where tensions appeared intractable. Implications for managers and organizational development and change practitioners are discussed.

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Galuppo, L., Gorli, M., Alexander, B.N. and Scaratti, G. (2019), "Leading in Social Entrepreneurship: Developing Organizational Resources in Confrontation with Paradoxes", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 167-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620190000027010

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