Quotation Schneider, Hanna, Meyer, Michael. 2017. Social Entrepreneurship as Institutional Work: The Interplay of Identity Framings and Identity Work. ARNOVA 46th Annual Conference, Grand Rapids (MI), Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 16.11.-18.11.




In this paper we propose conceiving SE as the discursive construction by different set of actors related to SE. Through a qualitative study, we will take discursive framings of SE by powerful intermediary institutions as a starting point and analyze how these construction are interpreted by social entrepreneurs through identity work. Our results show that in most instances identity work is characterized by a playful involvement with SE framings and a simultaneous seduction by the discourse. At the same time results point at the current limits of SE and show under what conditions actors reject SE as an identity template. Against the backdrop of a multitude of unsolved social and ecological problems, a rising discontent with solutions provided by state and traditional civil society organizations, general managerial tendencies within the third sector, as well as empty government coffers, social entrepreneurship (SE) is heralded as a promising alternative (Dey & Steyaert, 2010) of how to tackle societal problems. Until know theoretical/conceptual discussions around defining the kernel of SE have dominated the academic debate. This paper takes a different starting point, by conceiving SE as a discursive process and looking at how different sets of actors discursively construct such conceptions of SE.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Social Entrepreneurship as Institutional Work: The Interplay of Identity Framings and Identity Work
Event ARNOVA 46th Annual Conference
Year 2017
Date 16.11.-18.11.
Country United States/USA
Location Grand Rapids (MI)


Schneider, Hanna (Former researcher)
Meyer, Michael (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship WE (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
WU Entrepreneurship Center WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1142 Systems theory (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
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