Title: Social entrepreneurship: an emerging market perspective, some fresh evidence from Ghana

Authors: Kwame Adom; Abdallah Abdul-Rahaman; Francisca Duah-Agyemang

Addresses: Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 78, Legon, Accra, Ghana ' Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 78, Legon, Accra, Ghana ' Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 78, Legon, Accra, Ghana

Abstract: The study examined social entrepreneurship (SE) activities, SE environmental factors and the nexus of SE environment and SE. Scarce SE literature in Ghana necessitated this study. Thus, it is critical to understand what brings about and influences SE in Ghana. A qualitative research methodology was adopted for the study. Accordingly, a multiple case study approach is employed to establish the empirical patterns and linkages among the variables of interest of the study. Qualitative in-depth interviews of four social entrepreneurs in Ghana involved in the arts industry, clean energy, human development and manufacturing revealed: corruption and bureaucracy, regulatory framework, tax and tariff regime, infrastructure, illiteracy, exchange rate, wealth distribution, and technological innovations as critical factors that affect SE operations. Consequently, this calls for prudent policies to ameliorate the impact of these factors for a sustainable human development.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship; emerging market; environmental factors; political economic social and technological; PEST; bureaucratic corruption; regulatory framework; tariff regime; infrastructure; illiteracy; exchange rate; wealth distribution; technological innovations; Ghana.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSEI.2018.097703

International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2018 Vol.5 No.2, pp.77 - 94

Available online: 01 Feb 2019 *

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