Title: An understanding how social enterprises can benefit from supportive legal frameworks: a case study report on social entrepreneurial models in Greece

Authors: Aikaterini Argyrou; Tineke Lambooij; Robert J. Blomme; Henk Kievit

Addresses: Faculty Centre for Entrepreneurship and Stewardship, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands ' Faculty Centre for Entrepreneurship and Stewardship, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands ' Faculty of Leadership and Management Development, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Straatweg 25, 3621 BG Breukelen, The Netherlands ' Faculty Centre for Entrepreneurship and Stewardship, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands

Abstract: This study aims to test how legal factors affect the corporate structure of a social enterprise. The current article focuses on the legal factor of governance as the decision-making power of stakeholders within the social enterprise. The authors conducted a case study and examined a major social enterprise (Koinsep) active in Greece. By developing a case study, this article aims to generate theoretical statements about the practical application of the legal factor of governance in the Greek Koinsep as well as a comprehensive understanding of the involvement of stakeholders in the Koinsep's corporate structure. The case study not only demonstrates the relevance of legal provisions and their implementation in the corporate structure when stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process, but it also suggests ways for improving organisational functioning.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship; case study; corporate governance; employee participation; stakeholders; social enterprises; supportive legal frameworks; social entrepreneurial models; Greece; corporate structure; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2016.076816

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2016 Vol.16 No.4, pp.491 - 511

Available online: 24 May 2016 *

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