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Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction
journal contributionposted on 2019-09-27, 09:04 authored by Xiaoti Hu, Susan Marlow, Angelika ZimmermannAngelika 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.
- Business and Economics
Published inEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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