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Convening opportunity: Social entrepreneurship in two community development initiatives


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Abstract (summary)

This study explored the process of social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit setting. Theoretical constructs of institutional structures and social capital were integrated into an emerging theory of social entrepreneurship in two community development Initiatives.

A grounded theory approach was used in this qualitative multiple case study. A comparison was made of two Initiatives striving for systemic change. Each Initiative focused on two different subsets of community (rural and urban) and shared values of public engagement. A knowledge structure emerged from the study that related the external pressures of the institutional environment and internal circumstances that influenced process for each of these Initiatives.

Convening opportunity was an in vivo term applied in this study to explain the process of social entrepreneurship. The actions sets that describe convening opportunity are recognizing opportunity, strategizing opportunity, and structuring opportunity. Social capital was found to be a significant facilitator in two strategies that were instrumental in this process. These strategies are "making the case" and forging partnerships. It is recommended that these newly discovered constructs, grounded in the data, be tested empirically to move toward a grand theory of social entrepreneurship.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social structure;
Management;
Social entrepreneurship;
Community development;
Nonprofit organizations;
Social capital;
Organizational structure;
Studies
Classification
0700: Social structure
0454: Management
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Community development, Nonprofit organizations, Social entrepreneurship
Title
Convening opportunity: Social entrepreneurship in two community development initiatives
Author
Weber, Sandra Sattler
Number of pages
218
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542643071
Advisor
Allen, John; Fritz, Susan
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3214777
ProQuest document ID
305277849
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305277849
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