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Social Entrepreneurship from an entrepreneuring perspective: Holding on to anomalies and solving identity dilemmas
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
Stockholms Universitet.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social entrepreneurship seems commonly related to two different missions. On the one hand it is about making profits and surviving in a market context, and on the other hand there is a social mission. This study focuses on tensions of multiple identities from the social enterprise perspective in the form of a fair-trade company emphasizing the social mission of human rights issues, albeit challenged by the business assignment. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the connection between identity dilemmas and the tensions of social entrepreneurship from the perspective of entrepreneuring. The dilemmas presented in this article arose from an attempt to dissolve an anomaly that a social entrepreneur perceived. In these situations she found herself to be in a deadlock position between the non-profit and the for-profit logic. Moving between these logics creates opportunities as well as dilemmas for the social entrepreneur. Choosing one of the logics, in which the dilemma is re-constructed as an opportunity, seems to be a way to move on, until another dilemma arises. Hence, becoming an entrepreneur involves a process of negotiating one’s Self from the different expectations and making identity adjustments in relation to the different logics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keywords [en]
Social Entrepreneurship, Fair Trade, identity, dilemmas, anomalies
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-14709DiVA, id: diva2:532570
Conference
8th Annual NYU-Stern Conference of Social Entrepreneurship, November 2-4, New York University, USA: Stern School of Business.
Available from: 2012-06-11 Created: 2012-06-11

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