Title: Social entrepreneurship in Mexico: a conceptual analysis

Authors: Monica Felix Gonzalez

Addresses: Division of Administrative Sciences, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico City Campus, Calle del Puente 222, Col. Ejidos de Huipulco, Tlalpan, 14380, Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Abstract: Globalisation has evidently accelerated the economic growth in developing countries but it did not lead to a general socio-economic equity in all parts of the demographic settings. Social entrepreneurship has emerged as a viable option to contribute in the solution of important social problems such as poverty and discrimination. Social entrepreneurs are learning to explore opportunities, implement boundless creativity, and ability to harness local resources into building sustainable production systems and develop market structure at the bottom of the economic pyramid alongside the globalisations effects. This paper presents an up-to-date literature review of social entrepreneurship and describes the current situation of social entrepreneurship in Mexico, detecting important gaps between theory and practice, and suggests new lines of action to improve the work done by social entrepreneurs, government and scholars in this country.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship; poverty alleviation; new business models; economic growth; Mexico; conceptual analyses; globalisation; developing countries; socio-economic equity; demographic settings; demography; social problems; discrimination; entrepreneurs; opportunities; creativity; local resources; sustainable production systems; market structures; sustainability; sustainable development; economic pyramids; social value; government; scholars; business competition; business growth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2011.038696

International Journal of Business Competition and Growth, 2011 Vol.1 No.4, pp.314 - 331

Available online: 22 Feb 2011 *

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