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Bricolage, Collaboration and Mission Drift in Social Enterprises

Kwong, CCY and Tasavori, M and Cheung, CW (2017) 'Bricolage, Collaboration and Mission Drift in Social Enterprises.' Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 29 (7-8). 609 - 938. ISSN 0898-5626

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Abstract

Increasingly, social enterprises are relying on collaboration with partners to tackle the resource constraints that they face. In this research we focus on the strategy of bricolage to explore whether and how the different types of partner becoming involved may impact on the mission of social enterprises. Grounded in resource dependency and transaction cost theories, we explore how power asymmetry and the nature of involvement may impact on the outcomes of bricolage. Our findings demonstrate that in the more integrated relationships with high power asymmetry, more instances of mission drift might be observed compared to when social enterprises develop the more collaborative or complementary nature of partnerships with symmetrical power dependency, or when the partners? involvements are mainly transaction-based.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, bricolage, mission drift, collaboration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Misagh Tasavori
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 11:53
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18618

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