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The Environment of Social Entrepreneurship in Germany – the Case of the Social Enterprise “Chancenwerk e.V.”

Grabbe, Christina (2015) The Environment of Social Entrepreneurship in Germany – the Case of the Social Enterprise “Chancenwerk e.V.”.

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Abstract:In the crisis of the European welfare state, policy makers call for solutions that fight social exclusion and foster economic growth. As one possible solution social entrepreneurship receives heightened interest. Yet, as social policy is still a topic that is mainly regulated on the member state level, social entrepreneurship has to be studied in the national context. This thesis investigates the obstacles, chances and strategies of social enterprises (SEs) in Germany in a case study of the organization Chancenwerk e.V. It offers tutoring for children with a weak socioeconomic or migratory background. In a first step, the environment for social entrepreneurship in Germany will be depicted. These theoretical findings are, in a second step, used to examine by the method of the organizational analysis the SE Chancenwerk and in particular the obstacles and chances it faces in its environment. In conclusion, the case of Chancenwerk shows that SEs in Germany are impeded by a corporatist relation between the public sector and the Free Welfare Associations. They have financing problems created by little financial support by the government, but also by the conservative donating behaviour of foundations and firms. Furthermore, a missing common understanding of social enterprises creates an unfavourable legal environment. Nevertheless, the increased recognition of policy makers especially on the federal level can be seen as a chance for SEs. In terms of strategies, the SE under study is able to cope well with the detected obstacles by engaging in promotional activities to a large extent and relying on a hybrid financial structure.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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