Social enterprise as a socially rational business

RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2006). Social enterprise as a socially rational business. In: Social Enterprise Research Conference, South Bank University, London, 22nd-23rd June.


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What is the goal of social enterprise policy? Is it the creation of a ‘not-for-profit’ or ‘more-than-profit’ business movement? In institutional policy circles, arguments are shaped by the desire to protect assets for the community, while entrepreneurial discourses favour a mixture of investment sources, surplus sharing and inclusive systems of governance. This article uses data from a critical ethnography to offer a third perspective. Human behaviour is a product of, and support system for, our socio-sexual choices. A grounded theory of social and economic capital is developed that integrates sexuality into organisation development. This constructs business organisations as complex centres of community-building replete with economic and social goals. By viewing corporate governance from this perspective social enterprise is reconceived as a business movement guided by social rationality with the long-term goal of distributing social and economic capital across stakeholder groups to satisfy individual and collective needs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Enterprise, Social Capital, Corporate Governance, Employee Ownership, Social Rationality, Cooperatives
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:09

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