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Social entrepreneurship orientation and company success: The mediating role of social performance

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posted on 29.07.2020 by Nazha Gali, Thomas Niemand, Eleanor Shaw, Mathew Hughes, Sascha Kraus, Alexander Brem
We examine the impact of social entrepreneurship orientation (SEO), a behavioral measure of the social entrepreneurship of the organization, on the social and financial performance of a sample of Austrian firms. Despite growing research interests in social entrepreneurship, the field remains fragmented and this has led to calls for a careful examination of the implications of social entrepreneurship for firms. We draw on stakeholder theory and hybrid organizing to hypothesize that social performance mediates the SEO-financial performance relationship. By analyzing a sample of 1,156 companies, we find that the SEO-financial performance relationship is partially positively mediated by social performance even though the direct effect is negative. Our results find that social performance compensates for the otherwise negative effect SEO has directly with financial performance. We contribute to an understanding of the mechanisms by which an SEO affects firm performance and provide richer insights into the various aspects of performance. We discuss the future implications of our study and suggest promising avenues for further research on the SEO construct.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Volume

160

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier Inc.

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120230.

Acceptance date

23/07/2020

Publication date

2020-08-04

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0040-1625

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Mat Hughes Deposit date: 28 July 2020

Article number

120230

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