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The influence of causation, entrepreneurial and social orientations on social enterprise performance in the nascent ecology of social enterprise

Jeffrey S.S. Cheah (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)
Qinni Yeoh (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)
Yanto Chandra (Department of Public and International Affairs, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR)

Social Enterprise Journal

ISSN: 1750-8614

Article publication date: 2 May 2023

Issue publication date: 17 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the influences of causation strategy, entrepreneurial orientation and social orientation on the social enterprise’s (SE) financial performance and social achievement.

Design/methodology/approach

The partial least square structural equational modelling technique was used to analyse survey data collected from Malaysian and Singaporean SEs (n = 96).

Findings

The findings have important guidance for policymakers, social entrepreneurs and researchers interested in promoting the growth and impact of SEs in emerging regions.

Practical implications

This study offers several practical implications for social entrepreneurs who want to achieve both financial and social success.

Originality/value

There is no widely accepted performance framework for SE. Most research in SE is descriptive and conceptual in nature. Larger data sets from the nascent ecology of SE are even scarcer. This study developed and examined a performance framework specifically designed to meet the needs of SEs operating in the emerging region.

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Acknowledgements

Disclosure statement: The authors report there are no competing interests to declare.

Author contributions: Jeffrey Cheah, Conceptualization, Methodology, Formal analysis. Qinni Yeoh, Investigation, Writing – Original draft. Yanto Chandra, Validation, Writing – Reviewing and Editing.

Citation

Cheah, J.S.S., Yeoh, Q. and Chandra, Y. (2023), "The influence of causation, entrepreneurial and social orientations on social enterprise performance in the nascent ecology of social enterprise", Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 308-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/SEJ-11-2022-0102

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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