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Collaboration between social entrepreneurs and local governments : a causation and effectuation view

Salomons, T. (2020) Collaboration between social entrepreneurs and local governments : a causation and effectuation view.

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Abstract:Social entrepreneurship is a rising phenomenon, and social enterprises play an increasingly important role in providing public services. Local governments are an inevitable partner in their endeavours, but the collaboration between the two has frequently proven to be arduous. Where classical research tends to appoint differing goals (social goals/profit) and differing risk preferences as main causes for barriers in public-private partnerships, this study argues that differing strategic decision making logics might form a suitable alternative explanation for barriers. Based on interviews with both social entrepreneurs and local government representatives, we find that social entrepreneurs primarily apply effectual logic, while local governments primarily apply causal logic. We discuss three different barriers caused by the use of different decision making logic, which give insight in the collaboration dynamics between social entrepreneurs and local governments. Firstly, social entrepreneurs are means oriented, while local governments are goals oriented. Secondly, social entrepreneurs and local governments seem to have a different understanding of strategic alliances. Finally, social entrepreneurs tend to focus on flexibility and exploiting contingencies, while local governments prefer to use existing knowledge, and try to avoid uncertainty by using rule-based decision making.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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