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Scaling up social enterprise: predicament or prospect in a comparative perspective


Dahles, H and Verver, M and Khieng, S and Manders, I and Schellens, N, Scaling up social enterprise: predicament or prospect in a comparative perspective, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 11, (3) pp. 317-342. ISSN 1942-0676 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/19420676.2019.1641136


This article focuses on the intricate nature of scaling practices in social enterprise organizations (SEOs). The research is based on case study methodology in two different institutional environments, the Netherlands and Cambodia. Comparing and contrasting these cases, the article raises questions about ways in which the institutional environments affect scaling practices. Whilst Dutch and Cambodian SEOs upscale to address market deficiencies in dissimilar institutional environments, the dominant strategy in both cases is to scale for depth impact. Under neoliberal market logic, both institutional environments converge in creating obstacles for SEOs to fully develop their entrepreneurial potential and contribute to social innovation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:scaling up social enterprise, scaling strategies, scaling social impact, upscaling–deepscaling, institutional environment
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Economic issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Dahles, H (Professor Heidi Dahles)
ID Code:146165
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-08-24
Last Modified:2021-09-28

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