Social mission as competitive advantage: A configurational analysis of the strategic conditions of social entrepreneurship



Muñoz, P and Kimmitt, J
(2018) Social mission as competitive advantage: A configurational analysis of the strategic conditions of social entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Research.

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Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. In social entrepreneurship, social and economic missions co-exist in a tensioned balance. At times, business survival requires reprioritizing objectives, leading social entrepreneurs to drift away from social values in pursuit of commercial gains. This requires (re)balancing acts aimed at mitigating the effects of drift. Although critical for business survival, the micro antecedents of this balancing act remain uncovered. This study explores the complex interactions between the strategic conditions of social entrepreneurs in the development of market-oriented social missions. Drawing on a fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis of 111 social entrepreneurs in Chile, this study reveals four alternative combinations of strategic conditions that explain why the social mission of a social entrepreneur can be perceived as being valuable for achieving a competitive advantage. The findings contribute to a more complex understanding of the set of conditions involved in the balancing act between social and economic missions in social entrepreneurship. This study calls into question the binary assumption underlying the commitment of social entrepreneurs to their social mission.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2021 02:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.11.044
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3031090