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Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction

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posted on 27.09.2019 by Xiaoti Hu, Susan Marlow, Angelika Zimmermann, Lee Martin, Regina Frank
This article extends social entrepreneurship (SE) research by drawing upon a critical realist perspective to analyse dynamic structure/agency relations in SE opportunity emergence, illustrated by empirical evidence. Our findings demonstrate an agential aspect (opportunity actualisation following a path-dependent seeding-growing-shaping process) and a structural aspect (institutional, cognitive and embedded structures necessary for SE opportunity emergence) related to SE opportunities. These structures provide three boundary conditions for SE agency: institutional discrimination, an SE belief system and social feasibility. Within this article, we develop a novel theoretical framework to analyse SE opportunities plus, an applicable tool to advance related empirical research.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

Volume

44

Issue

5

Pages

1032-1056

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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Acceptance date

02/09/2019

Publication date

2019-10-13

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1042-2587

eISSN

1540-6520

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Angelika Zimmermann

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