Theorising and strategising with models: generative models of social enterprises
by Christian Seelos
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV), Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014

Abstract: Social entrepreneurship research often relies on presenting narratives of organisations that integrate various actors, actions, contextual elements and outcomes without a clear perspective on why these elements were selected and what can be learned from them. This paper provides a transparent and systematic process of modelling organisations and proposes a validity triangle that adequately integrates analytical, theoretical and ontological dimensions. An illustrative case study demonstrates the choices involved in a valid modelling process. It also illustrates the steps involved in building a generative model of a social enterprise that accounts for the mechanisms that explain how the focal organisation achieves multiple strategic objectives.

Online publication date: Sat, 24-May-2014

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