Re-imagining social enterprise

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Abstract

Purpose
This intentionally polemical paper will aim to re-examine what is meant by social enterprise and try to assert its role within the current economic system. It is well over a decade since John Pearce’s Social Enterprise in Anytown was first published. Since then the term “social enterprise” has been used in multiple ways by politicians, practitioners and academics – very often for their own ideological ends.

Design/methodology/approach
This paper will outline the context and challenges currently facing social enterprise both from outside and from inside the social enterprise movement.

Findings
This paper re-affirms a paradigm for social enterprises through re-imagining how social enterprise should and could contribute to the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Originality/value
Finally, this paper will conclude with a reflection on what Pearce argued and how the social enterprise movement has to position itself as a viable alternative way of creating goods and services based on socially responsible values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Enterprise Journal
Volume12
Issue number2
Early online date26 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • social enterprise
  • economics

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