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Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction

Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction
Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction
This article extends social entrepreneurship (SE) research by drawing upon a critical realist perspective to analyse dynamic structure/agency relations in SE opportunity emergence, illustrated by empirical evidence. Our findings demonstrate an agential aspect (opportunity actualisation following a path-dependent seeding-growing-shaping process) and a structural aspect (institutional, cognitive and embedded structures necessary for SE opportunity emergence) related to SE opportunities. These structures provide three boundary conditions for SE agency: institutional discrimination, an SE belief system and social feasibility. Within this article, we develop a novel theoretical framework to analyse SE opportunities plus, an applicable tool to advance related empirical research.
1042-2587
1032-1056
Hu, Xiaoti
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Marlow, Susan
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Zimmermann, Angelika
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Martin, Lee
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Frank, Regina
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Hu, Xiaoti
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Martin, Lee
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Hu, Xiaoti, Marlow, Susan, Zimmermann, Angelika, Martin, Lee and Frank, Regina (2019) Understanding opportunities in social entrepreneurship: a critical realist abstraction. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44 (5), 1032-1056. (doi:10.1177/1042258719879633).

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This article extends social entrepreneurship (SE) research by drawing upon a critical realist perspective to analyse dynamic structure/agency relations in SE opportunity emergence, illustrated by empirical evidence. Our findings demonstrate an agential aspect (opportunity actualisation following a path-dependent seeding-growing-shaping process) and a structural aspect (institutional, cognitive and embedded structures necessary for SE opportunity emergence) related to SE opportunities. These structures provide three boundary conditions for SE agency: institutional discrimination, an SE belief system and social feasibility. Within this article, we develop a novel theoretical framework to analyse SE opportunities plus, an applicable tool to advance related empirical research.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 September 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 October 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 437267
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437267
ISSN: 1042-2587
PURE UUID: 52df4073-3618-4bfc-9766-983ca13645fd
ORCID for Xiaoti Hu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0272-9842

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:33
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:29

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Author: Xiaoti Hu ORCID iD
Author: Susan Marlow
Author: Angelika Zimmermann
Author: Lee Martin
Author: Regina Frank

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