Social entrepreneurship and values work: The role of practices in shaping values and negotiating change

Ira Chatterjee*, Joep Cornelissen, Joakim Wincent

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Prior research on social entrepreneurship highlights the role and importance of values in managing change, yet few studies examine processes of managing values to achieve social change. Through a longitudinal case study of the social organization Barefoot College, we explored how a social entrepreneur navigated conflicting values to address issues of gender inequality and effect social change. We found that the social entrepreneur engaged in values-related work, purposively interpreting and enacting values-laden practices to bring about a quiet transformation within the community. In our resulting value augmentation model, we capture a process that anchors and amplifies social values, rather than replaces them, and with this model, we develop theory on values work and sustainable social change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106064
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Venturing
Volume36
Issue number1
Number of pages23
ISSN0883-9026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • social entrepreneurship
  • values work
  • practices
  • social change
  • gender equality

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Leading for growth and well-being
  • AoHP: Strategic and entrepreneurial praxis

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