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Social venture strategy from a resource based perspective: an exploratory study assessing Ashoka Fellows

Post, Colleen and Meyskens, Moriah (2008): Social venture strategy from a resource based perspective: an exploratory study assessing Ashoka Fellows.

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Abstract

This study identifies trends and patterns of social entrepreneurs using quantitative methods in order to allow direct comparison to those of commercial entrepreneurs. It utilizes the online profiles of the Fellows in the global social venture network, Ashoka, in order to build a database of 70 social entrepreneurs. The resource-based view serves as the theoretical base by which the preliminary results are evaluated. The findings, which indicate that social entrepreneurs demonstrate similar patterns to commercial entrepreneurs, are assessed through a knowledge management lens of analyses. Statistically significant relationships were found between alliances, funding sources, innovation, and ease of replication.

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