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Crescive entrepreneurship in complex social problems: Institutional conditions for entrepreneurial engagement

2013

Silvia Dorado Marc J. Ventresca

This paper explores entrepreneurship in the context of complex social problems (often referred to as ‘social’ entrepreneurship). Most management research in this area studies the entrepreneurs; we explore the institutional conditions which frame the likelihood of entrepreneurial engagement. We name these conditions ‘crescive’ and, following A.O. Hirschman’s studies on institutional conditions for development we identify two analytically different sets of conditions: those that can stir up actors’ motivations to engage and those that can alter their decision making logic. Our exploration of crescive conditions yields a novel conceptual model for entrepreneurial engagement in the context of complex social problems, which we label ‘crescive entrepreneurship’ and place in a space between functionalist and institutional action.

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