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An employee-oriented perspective in the value-creating mission of social enterprises

An employee-oriented perspective in the value-creating mission of social enterprises This study aims to concentrate on a specific perspective that has mostly been ignored: employees in social enterprises (SEs). It proposes that employees in SEs should be treated with equal importance to outside beneficiaries within the SEs’ value-creating mission.Design/methodology/approachA multiple case study approach is adopted, and semi-structured interviews are the primary means of data collection.FindingsThe results show that while economic values are fundamental for the employment relationship, social values play the leading role in employees’ motivation; thus, they can significantly affect the organization’s operation and development.Research limitations/implicationsThis work contributes to Maslow’s need theory and psychological contract theory regarding their application to SEs. Practical lessons and suggestions are also provided for SEs’ development.Originality/valueBy emphasizing the value-creating mission of SEs with the new perspective of including employees in it, this work provides empirical evidence and practical lessons for SEs, especially Asian SEs, in terms of management and strategy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Enterprise Journal Emerald Publishing

An employee-oriented perspective in the value-creating mission of social enterprises

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-8614
DOI
10.1108/sej-07-2019-0048
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Abstract

This study aims to concentrate on a specific perspective that has mostly been ignored: employees in social enterprises (SEs). It proposes that employees in SEs should be treated with equal importance to outside beneficiaries within the SEs’ value-creating mission.Design/methodology/approachA multiple case study approach is adopted, and semi-structured interviews are the primary means of data collection.FindingsThe results show that while economic values are fundamental for the employment relationship, social values play the leading role in employees’ motivation; thus, they can significantly affect the organization’s operation and development.Research limitations/implicationsThis work contributes to Maslow’s need theory and psychological contract theory regarding their application to SEs. Practical lessons and suggestions are also provided for SEs’ development.Originality/valueBy emphasizing the value-creating mission of SEs with the new perspective of including employees in it, this work provides empirical evidence and practical lessons for SEs, especially Asian SEs, in terms of management and strategy.

Journal

Social Enterprise JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 29, 2020

Keywords: Social enterprise; Employees; Social values; Value-creating mission; Asian social enterprises

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