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Redefining social enterprise in the global world: study of China and India

Roopinder Oberoi (Department of Political Science, Delhi University, Delhi, India)
Ian G. Cook (School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Jamie P. Halsall (School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)
Michael Snowden (School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)
Pete Woodock (University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 11 July 2019

Issue publication date: 31 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Social enterprise plays a pivotal role in helping people and communities. Since the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been an upsurge of social enterprise within a local, national and global context. The purpose of this paper is to explore the debates and issues presented by social enterprise in a very complex globalized world.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors apply two geographical case studies: China and India. The purpose for selecting both China and India is their increasing economic super power on the global stage. It is argued that the concept of social enterprise within the geographical context of China and India is significant to their individual economies.

Findings

The concept of social enterprise within the geographical context of China and India is significant to their individual economies and as explored within the notion of “think global, act local” the conceptual debates of place, space and time enables people to take positive action and enable the development of healthy communities.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the discussion around the definition of the nature of social enterprise and gives concrete examples of the contextually specific nature of the term.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was supported by a grant from the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).The authors are very grateful to the anonymous referees for their help in revising this paper. Finally, the authors are indebted to Stefanie El Madawi, their proofreader.

Citation

Oberoi, R., Cook, I.G., Halsall, J.P., Snowden, M. and Woodock, P. (2020), "Redefining social enterprise in the global world: study of China and India", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 16 No. 7, pp. 1001-1012. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-09-2018-0248

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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