Investigating Failed Social Entrepreneurship: A ‘Process Research’ Perspective

Sarma, Sushanta Kumar (2015) Investigating Failed Social Entrepreneurship: A ‘Process Research’ Perspective. TAPMI, Manipal, Manipal.

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This paper suggests use of process approach in studying of failed social enterprises. It approaches the topic by first looking at the epistemological underpinning of process and variance model followed by theoretical interpretation of organizational failure. It examines the current work on failure in social enterprise and highlights the suitability of process approach in studying the failure. Finding of this paper argues that process research can be helpful in developing a ‘complete’ understanding of SE phenomenon. Failure need to be looked as a stage in organizational change and not as an outcome. The existing theory on failure consider it to be an outcome and focuses on understanding the reason and consequences of failure. With application of an event driven model, failure can be conceptualized as an entity in flux and mechanism of failure can be studied through identifying events. The mechanism can throw more lights on how temporality of factors can impact failure. Looking at failure through a process lens may able to address the stigma associated with it. There are few academic work existing on failure in SE and most of them take a variance model to understand failure. This paper makes an attempt to explore the unchartered domain of failure through an event-driven model and discuss the possibility of using process research in studying failure.

Item Type: TAPMI Working Papers
Uncontrolled Keywords: Process Research, Organizational Failure, Variance Theory
Subjects: Entrepreneurship_Industry
Human Resource Management
Divisions: Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Ms. Vanitha K
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 10:53
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 10:53

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