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Exploring International and Inter-Sector Differences of Social Enterprises in the UK and India

School of Science, Faculty of Psychology, TU Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
Academic Editors: Carlos Lopez-Gutierrez, Ana Fernandez-Laviada and Andrea Pérez
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 5870; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115870
Received: 23 March 2021 / Revised: 19 May 2021 / Accepted: 19 May 2021 / Published: 24 May 2021
Social Entrepreneurship (SE) describes a new entrepreneurial form combining the generation of financial and social value. In recent years, research interest in SE increased in various disciplines with a particular focus on the characteristics of social enterprises. Whereas a clear-cut definition of SE is yet to be found, there is evidence that culture and economy affect and shape features of SE activity. In addition, sector-dependent differences are supposed. Building on Institutional Theory and employing a mixed qualitative and quantitative approach, this study sheds light on the existence of international and inter-sector differences by examining 161 UK and Indian social enterprises. A content analysis and analyses of variance were employed and yielded similarities as well as several significant differences on an international and inter-sector level, e.g., regarding innovativeness and the generation of revenue. The current study contributes to a more nuanced picture of the SE landscape by comparing social enterprise characteristics in a developed and a developing country on the one hand and different sectors on the other hand. Furthermore, I highlight the benefits of jointly applying qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Future research should pay more attention to the innate heterogeneity among social enterprises and further consolidate and extend these findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: social entrepreneurship; social enterprise; international differences; sector differences social entrepreneurship; social enterprise; international differences; sector differences
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Kruse, P. Exploring International and Inter-Sector Differences of Social Enterprises in the UK and India. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5870. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115870

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Kruse P. Exploring International and Inter-Sector Differences of Social Enterprises in the UK and India. Sustainability. 2021; 13(11):5870. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115870

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Kruse, Philipp. 2021. "Exploring International and Inter-Sector Differences of Social Enterprises in the UK and India" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 5870. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115870

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