Towards a ‘long view’: historical perspectives on the scaling and replication of social ventures

Blundel, Richard K. and Lyon, Fergus ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Towards a ‘long view’: historical perspectives on the scaling and replication of social ventures. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 6 (1) . pp. 80-102. ISSN 1942-0676 [Article] (doi:10.1080/19420676.2014.954258)

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Social ventures are now widely regarded as playing an essential role in addressing persistent and pervasive societal challenges. This insight has prompted an active search for readily-scaleable and replicable business models. However, relatively little consideration has been given to the longer-term growth and performance of these hybrid organizational forms. This paper examines how historically-informed research might enhance our understanding of growth processes. It considers the conceptualization of organizational growth in social ventures and the relevance of prevailing constructs. The explanatory potential of ‘long view’ approaches examined by applying three constructs, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial adjustment, and institutional structure, in a comparative historical analysis of two British social ventures.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 30 Sep 2014
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 18899
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship on 30/09/2014, available online:
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Depositing User: Stanislava Angelova
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 11:10
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