Trusting an entrepreneurial orientation in the third sector

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Through primary source fieldwork with public sector advisors and policy makers, we examine the role of entrepreneurship within charities, not-for-profits and nongovernmental organisations. We consider the literature on the development of social enterprises and explore whether entrepreneurial characteristics are necessarily a feature of such enterprises. These include risk-taking, the ability to identify a market gap, and innovative behaviour. Through primary-source evidence, gathered by face-to-face interviews with key policy makers and support workers in the charitable field, we debate whether the characteristics of an entrepreneur can and should be applied within social enterprises. Our findings are equivocal, in that some can see the benefit, whilst others worry about the commercialisation of public sector ventures and a lack of trust in the motivations of an entrepreneur. Overall, we recommend that further empirical evidence be examined, in order to identify whether and how having an entrepreneurial orientation might legitimise the behaviour of social enterprises.

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Entrepreneurial orientation
Third sector
Social enterprise
Public sector
Entrepreneurs
Politicians
Workers
Charity
Commercialization
Empirical evidence
Innovative behavior
Risk taking
Entrepreneurship
Venture
Non-governmental organizations
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Keywords

  • social enterprises
  • entrepreneurial characteristics
  • primary-source evidence
  • face-to-face interviews
  • public sector

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Smith, J., & Neal, T. (2019). Trusting an entrepreneurial orientation in the third sector. Paper presented at CNPR 2019 Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom.
Smith, Julia ; Neal, Thomas. / Trusting an entrepreneurial orientation in the third sector. Paper presented at CNPR 2019 Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom.30 p.
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Smith J, Neal T. Trusting an entrepreneurial orientation in the third sector. 2019. Paper presented at CNPR 2019 Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom.