Barriers to social enterprise growth

Iain Andrew Davies, Helen Haugh, Liudmila Chambers

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This study investigates barriers to social enterprise growth. The research employs qualitative case study data gathered from young social enterprises to examine the interplay between social enterprise and individual, organizational and institutional barriers to growth. We find that social enterprise barriers to growth are based on values differences, business models, and institutional norms. We theorize three strategic responses to overcome barriers to growth: values-based decision-making, leveraging social mission, and anchoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1616-1636
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number4
Early online date6 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019


  • value based decision making
  • decision making
  • social enterprise


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