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Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Exploring the Influence of Environment

Littlewood, D and Holt, D (2018) 'Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Exploring the Influence of Environment.' Business and Society, 57 (3). 525 - 561. ISSN 0007-6503

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The influence of environment on social entrepreneurship requires more concerted examination. This article contributes to emerging discussions in this area through consideration of social entrepreneurship in South Africa. Drawing upon qualitative case study research with six social enterprises, and examined through a framework of new institutional theories and writing on new venture creation, this research explores the significance of environment for the process of social entrepreneurship, for social enterprises, and for social entrepreneurs. Our findings provide insights on institutional environments, social entrepreneurship, and the interplay between them in the South African context, with implications for wider social entrepreneurship scholarship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social entrepreneurship, South Africa, environment, new institutional theory, sustainable development, broad-based Black economic empowerment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Diane Holt
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 08:27
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 15:15

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