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Values and women-led social entrepreneurship

Values and women-led social entrepreneurship This paper aims to identify and categorise the values expressed in women-led social entrepreneurship based on a typology of universal values. It explores the influence of gender and religious faith on the values that inspire social entrepreneurial organisations to engage in positive social change.Design/methodology/approachInductive multiple case study research investigates the values manifest in five social entrepreneurial organisations founded and led by women in three Southeast Asian countries.FindingsOrganisations and their women-leaders express values related to benevolence, universalism, self-direction and security. Gender and religious faith are found to be mediators that influence approaches to social transformation.Research limitations/implicationsPurposive sampling and interpretive research design favour rich description but limit the generalisability of the findings. Further enquiry is needed into the gender-values-religion nexus in social entrepreneurship.Practical implicationsSocial entrepreneurship is shown to be a process embedded in and motivated by prosocial values of benevolence and social justice and other values of self-direction and security. Findings provide evidence for the critical but often overlooked influence of gender and religious faith on the values foundation of social entrepreneurship.Social implicationsSocial entrepreneurial organisations led by women contribute to positive social change through the values they incorporate and express.Originality/valueResearch on the link between gender, values and religious faith in social entrepreneurship is virtually non-existent. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1756-6266
DOI
10.1108/ijge-08-2018-0093
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Abstract

This paper aims to identify and categorise the values expressed in women-led social entrepreneurship based on a typology of universal values. It explores the influence of gender and religious faith on the values that inspire social entrepreneurial organisations to engage in positive social change.Design/methodology/approachInductive multiple case study research investigates the values manifest in five social entrepreneurial organisations founded and led by women in three Southeast Asian countries.FindingsOrganisations and their women-leaders express values related to benevolence, universalism, self-direction and security. Gender and religious faith are found to be mediators that influence approaches to social transformation.Research limitations/implicationsPurposive sampling and interpretive research design favour rich description but limit the generalisability of the findings. Further enquiry is needed into the gender-values-religion nexus in social entrepreneurship.Practical implicationsSocial entrepreneurship is shown to be a process embedded in and motivated by prosocial values of benevolence and social justice and other values of self-direction and security. Findings provide evidence for the critical but often overlooked influence of gender and religious faith on the values foundation of social entrepreneurship.Social implicationsSocial entrepreneurial organisations led by women contribute to positive social change through the values they incorporate and express.Originality/valueResearch on the link between gender, values and religious faith in social entrepreneurship is virtually non-existent.

Journal

International Journal of Gender and EntrepreneurshipEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2019

Keywords: Gender; Religion; Values; Empowerment; Southeast Asia; Social entrepreneurship

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