The symbiosis of entities in the social engagement network: The role of social ventures

Moriah Meyskens, Alan L. Carsrud, Richard N. Cardozo

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Social entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as a mechanism for creating social and economic value. By applying population ecology, resource dependency and resource-based view perspectives, this paper develops a conceptual model to provide greater insight into how social entrepreneurship ventures collaborate with other organizations in a network to fulfill resource requirements. Through this process social ventures address unmet social needs to create value which leads to the development and growth of individuals, communities, and regions. Using a large city's economic development actors involved in small business promotion as test cases, this exploratory study illustrates that social ventures effectively acquire resources from the primary social engagement network actors: corporations, governments, and other social ventures. The framework introduced in the paper provides a means by which to better understand the context in which relevant social engagement players in a network exist and the synergies that they can develop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-455
Number of pages31
JournalEntrepreneurship and Regional Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Economic and social value
  • Network
  • Partnerships
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social venture


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