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Social Entrepreneurs and Institutional Traps

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Putting forth an ethic-centric, empathetic and dialectic perspective on institutional influences, we argue that, in addition to positive institutional forces that increase societal and organizational efficacy, compassion, and ethics, there are negative institutional forces that decrease them. Furthermore, we argue that negative institutional forces can be mutually reinforcing and result in institutional traps. Applying the method of progressive theoretical focusing to profiles of social entrepreneurs (SEs) published by Ashoka and the Schwab Foundation, we establish that, to unravel institutional traps, SEs combine negative institutional work and positive institutional work, and utilize the strategies of moralization, humanization, contestation and transformation to make social structures and practices not only more effective, but also more compassionate and ethical.
TitelAcademy of Management Proceedings
ForlagAcademy of Management
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedAcademy of Management Conference 2019 - 555 Pleasantville Road, Suite N200, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020, USA, Boston, USA
Varighed: 9 apr. 201913 apr. 2019


KonferenceAcademy of Management Conference 2019
Lokation555 Pleasantville Road, Suite N200, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020, USA

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