Networks for Social Enterprise: Applying a systems perspective to case studies in Latin America

Christine Nielsen, Ing. Daniel Carranza

Abstract


The purpose of this research is to enhance understanding of social enterprise in emerging markets, highlighting key success factors. A general systems perspective is applied to comparative case studies in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, revealing interrelationships among social entrepreneurs, international development organizations, government agencies, and other institutions. Results support the value of Actor Network Theory as a means of understanding social entrepreneurship processes. We conclude that the interorganizational networks among these partners play a vital role in the scale and scope of social benefits achieved. The social entrepreneur’s network of learning process enablers, knowledge providers and co-creators emerges as an essential key success factor.

Keywords


Social Entrepreneurship; Actor-Network Theory; General Systems Theory; Knowledge Management; Case Studies in Latin America

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v2i6.130

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