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Ethics & Social Enterprise

Social or Commercial? Innovation Strategies in Social Enterprises at Times of Turbulence

Tommaso Ramus

In this paper we study the influence of stakeholders on the adoption of innovations that impact either social or commercial performance in social enterprises. We show that, while administrative leaders do not influence a social enterprise’s innovation strategy, board members and external stakeholders have an influence. In this way we contribute to research investigating how social enterprises—organizations that compete in the market to address social issues—can provide innovative and sustainable solutions to deep seated societal problems.

Ramus, T., La Cara, B., Vaccaro, A., & Brusoni, S. (2018). Social or Commercial? Innovation Strategies in Social Enterprises at Times of Turbulence. Business Ethics Quarterly, 1-30.