Exploring the development process of grassroots social entrepreneurship

Center for Corporate Values and Responsibility (CVR)
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International Social Entrepreneurship Research Conference 3, 2007, pp. 1 - 24
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This study explores the development process of seven cases of grassroots social entrepreneurship that contain the establishment of multi-sector partnerships. The paper suggests three phases in the development process and three stages of collaboration. It connects the existing body of literature on processes for social innovation and social entrepreneurship to the results of the case study. To improve the process of development of grassroots social enterprises it proposes: 1. a more systematic approach in the idea generation phase including an exploration of social and institutional barriers and a detailed elaboration of the initiator's idea, 2. the establishment of platforms to provide access to the relevant social network, 3. application of tools and methods for collaborative development in the first two phases of the process. Processes, methods and tools from the field of product development are considered to be relevant for future research on grassroots social entrepreneurship
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