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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication year2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAcademy of Management Conference 2019 - 555 Pleasantville Road, Suite N200, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020, USA, Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Apr 201913 Apr 2019


ConferenceAcademy of Management Conference 2019
Location555 Pleasantville Road, Suite N200, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020, USA
LandUnited States

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