Prospects of social enterprises from a framing perspective

Ko, Stephen and Kong, Eric (2012) Prospects of social enterprises from a framing perspective. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6 (4). pp. 169-186. ISSN 1833-1882


By integrating institutional theory, the threat-rigidity hypothesis and prospect theory, we propose avenues for the future development of social enterprises, and map out how the development of the organizations depends on whether social entrepreneurs perceive environmental shifts as threats or opportunities in relation to the legitimacy of their organizations. We examine the relevant literature and integrate the predictions of the theories to theorize the prospects of social enterprises. Our discussion of these predictions was built on evidence of the recent changes in the institutional environment where social enterprises are operating, which offers a roadmap for academics and social entrepreneurs to move beyond the heated debate on 'business-like' activities in social entrepreneurship through a richer and deeper understanding of the prospects of social enterprises.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain Copyright. © Common Ground, Stephen Ko, Eric Kong, All Rights Reserved. Readers must ask permission to reproduce, from
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - No Department
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 12:32
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: social enterprises; prospect theory; threat-rigidity hypothesis; institutional theory
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220102 Business Ethics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

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