Network organisations for externality challenges: how social entrepreneurship co-evolves with ICT-enabled solutions
by Sabrina Bonomi; Francesca Ricciardi; Cecilia Rossignoli
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development (IJKBD), Vol. 8, No. 4, 2017

Abstract: This study aims to investigate how network forms of organising, information technology-enabled solutions, as well as their institutional context, co-evolve in social entrepreneurship. The results of an in-depth longitudinal study on a food donation organisation suggest that: 1) social entrepreneurship manifests itself through a network-shaped organisational form, which is mainly expected to catalyse the transformation of externalities into successfully manageable commons for societal benefit; 2) social entrepreneurship evolves dynamically through specific organisational features and success factors, which are effectively understandable by leveraging the joint explanatory power of the theory of the commons and the theory of sustainability transitions; 3) these theories also provide sound conceptual tools to explain how information and communication technologies (ICTs) co-evolve with the social entrepreneurship organisation, its business model, and the institutional context.

Online publication date: Mon, 27-Nov-2017

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