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Social enterprise resilience in sub-Saharan Africa

Littlewood, D and Holt, D (2018) 'Social enterprise resilience in sub-Saharan Africa.' Business Strategy and Development. ISSN 2572-3170

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Abstract

This paper examines resilience in development-oriented social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa drawing upon in-depth case study research. It explores the nature of the strategic challenges faced by social enterprises in sub-Saharan African contexts and which necessitate organisational resilience. Key resources and capabilities possessed by resilient social enterprises are identified. Finally, strategies adopted by resilient social enterprises are explored. This research not only contributes to literature on resilience in social enterprises but also works on wider organisational resilience, particularly in complex and unpredictable environments. Furthermore, it contributes to hitherto limited work on social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, this paper has implications for practicing managers in social enterprises who are looking to build organisational resilience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: capabilities, development, resilience, social enterprise, stakeholders, strategy, sub-Saharan Africa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 10:35
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21469

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