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Imprinting Perspective on the Sustainability of Commitments to Competing Institutional Logics of Social Enterprises

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Department of Entrepreneurship, Hanyang University, 222, Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763, Korea
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College of Business, University of Louisville, 2301 S 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208, USA
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Academic Editor: João Leitão
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2014; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042014
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 26 January 2021 / Accepted: 8 February 2021 / Published: 13 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Entrepreneurship-Sustainability Nexus)
This study examines the conditions under which dual commitments to competing institutional logics, particularly a social vs. a commercial logic, are both important to organizational functioning for social enterprises. Using hand-collected data from a survey of 190 social enterprises in South Korea, we identify a reliable measure for the sustainability of competing logics. We also identify the factors associated with variation in a social enterprise’s capacity to sustain dual commitments to competing institutional logics. Using an imprinting perspective, we show that a social entrepreneur’s non-profit experience has a curvilinear effect on the sustainability of competing logics. Moreover, the non-linear effect of a social entrepreneur’s non-profit experience on the sustainability of competing logics is less profound in social enterprises with a highly ambivalent founder. View Full-Text
Keywords: social entrepreneurship; competing institutional logics; imprinting perspective; non-profit experience; ambivalent interpretation social entrepreneurship; competing institutional logics; imprinting perspective; non-profit experience; ambivalent interpretation
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Bae, T.J.; Fiet, J.O. Imprinting Perspective on the Sustainability of Commitments to Competing Institutional Logics of Social Enterprises. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2014. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042014

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Bae TJ, Fiet JO. Imprinting Perspective on the Sustainability of Commitments to Competing Institutional Logics of Social Enterprises. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2014. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042014

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Bae, Tae J., and James O. Fiet. 2021. "Imprinting Perspective on the Sustainability of Commitments to Competing Institutional Logics of Social Enterprises" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2014. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042014

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