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Social and environmental enterprises in Africa: Context, convergence and characteristics

Littlewood, D and Holt, D (2015) 'Social and environmental enterprises in Africa: Context, convergence and characteristics.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: New Frontiers in Africa. UNSPECIFIED, 27 - 47. ISBN 9783319040516

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Abstract

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. This chapter provides an overview of the landscape of social and environmental entrepreneurship in Africa. Utilizing quantitative data on 270 social and environmental enterprises operating in Eastern and Southern Africa, some key characteristics of these kinds of enterprises are identified. These characteristics are reflected upon through a contextual lens contributing to wider debates about the nature of social and environmental entrepreneurship and enterprises in Africa. Drawing upon notions of hybridity, and sustainability oriented entrepreneurship, consideration is furthermore given to the convergence of social and environmental goals in these kinds of businesses, and in wider social and environmental innovation in Africa.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Diane Holt
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 15:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12364

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