This article adds to the literature on social enterprise by drawing on the strategy-as-practice tradition of strategy research. There, strategy is seen as something an organization does, not as something that it has. Little in the public and non-profit literature at present focuses on exactly what strategizing is, let alone how it relates to social enterprise. A framework for understanding strategizing is illustrated with case examples. Conclusions from this attempt at theory-building include: strategizing involves an interconnected ensemble of strategic thinking, acting, and learning activities; strategizing ultimately involves group effort; and changing an organizational ecosystem is very hard indeed.
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This work was supported by the Metropolitan Economic Development Association [University of Minnesota Service Agreement 1026-10762-20109-2101077].
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- Social enterprise
- Social entrepreneurship