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Towards a ‘Long View’: Historical Perspectives on the Scaling and Replication of Social Ventures

Blundel, Richard K. and Lyon, Fergus (2015). Towards a ‘Long View’: Historical Perspectives on the Scaling and Replication of Social Ventures. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 6(1) pp. 80–102.

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Social ventures are now widely regarded as playing an essential role in addressing persistent and pervasive societal challenges. This insight has prompted an active search for readily-scaleable and replicable business models. However, relatively little consideration has been given to the longer-term growth and performance of these hybrid organizational forms. This paper examines how historically-informed research might enhance our understanding of growth processes. It considers the conceptualization of organizational growth in social ventures and the relevance of prevailing constructs. The explanatory potential of ‘long view’ approaches examined by applying three constructs, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial adjustment, and institutional structure, in a comparative historical analysis of two British social ventures.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1942-0676
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC
Not SetNot SetOffice for Civil Society (OCS)
Not SetNot SetBarrow Cadbury UK Trust
Keywords: social ventures; growth process; scaling; replication; historical methods
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 40762
Depositing User: Richard Blundel
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 14:31
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 23:54
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