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School of Business | Department of Management and International Business | Entrepreneurship | 2014
Thesis number: 13598
On the road to understanding social entrepreneurial opportunity process - a multiple case study in Finnish context
|Title:||On the road to understanding social entrepreneurial opportunity process - a multiple case study in Finnish context|
|Year:||2014 Language: eng|
|Department:||Department of Management and International Business|
|Index terms:||yrittäjyys; entrepreneurship; sosiaalinen yrittäjyys; social entrepreneurship; laadullinen tutkimus; qualitative research; yritykset; companies; voitto; profits|
|Key terms:||qualitative research; laadullinen tutkimus; social entrepreneurship; sosiaalinen yrittäjyys; entrepreneurial opportunity process|
The purpose of this study is to explore how does a social entrepreneurial opportunity process look like in a Finnish context focusing on for-profit social enterprises that have either an explicit or implicit social mission for providing employment opportunities to people. An understanding of how the social entrepreneurial opportunity process looks like is achieved by analyzing two case companies' opportunity processes covering a period from their inception into the execution of operations.
This study was conducted as a cross-sectional multiple case study. The chosen case companies were Finnish originated social enterprises that had in common a social mission related to job creation. Semi-structured interviews were used as the main data collection method.
What emerged from this study's findings was that the case companies adhered to a social entrepreneurial opportunity process model that consisted of two separate phases. The fist phase 'recognition of a social problem' was followed by the second phase of 'execution'.
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