Managing Social-Business Tensions: A Review and Research Agenda for Social Enterprise

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serval:BIB_78F032A4E53A
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Managing Social-Business Tensions: A Review and Research Agenda for Social Enterprise
Périodique
Business Ethics Quarterly
Auteur(s)
Smith Wendy K., Gonin Michael, Besharov Marya L.
ISSN
1052-150X
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
07/2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
23
Numéro
3
Pages
407-442
Langue
anglais
Résumé
In a world filled with poverty, environmental degradation, and moral injustice, social enterprises offer a ray of hope. These organizations seek to achieve social missions through business ventures. Yet social missions and business ventures are associated with divergent goals, values, norms, and identities. Attending to them simultaneously creates tensions, competing demands, and ethical dilemmas. Effectively understanding social enterprises therefore depends on insight into the nature and management of these tensions. While existing research recognizes tensions between social missions and business ventures, we lack any systematic analysis. Our paper addresses this issue. We first categorize the types of tensions that arise between social missions and business ventures, emphasizing their prevalence and variety. We then explore how four different organizational theories offer insight into these tensions, and we develop an agenda for future research. We end by arguing that a focus on social-business tensions not only expands insight into social enterprises, but also provides an opportunity for research on social enterprises to inform traditional organizational theories. Taken together, our analysis of tensions in social enterprises integrates and seeks to energize research on this expanding phenomenon.
Mots-clé
social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, paradox theory, institutional theory, organizational identity, stakeholder theory
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