Barinaga Ester, Social Entrepreneurship: Cases
Studentlitteratur AB, Lund, 2014, pp. 201, Kr. 237,00.
Published online: 25 July 2016
Ó International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2016
Background of the Authors
The author is a professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the Department of
Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School.
Purpose and Organization of the Book
The book is organized in two autonomous but interrelated parts and contains sixteen
chapters (eight in each part that are mirroring each other).
The author choose eight topics (issues, aspects) of the management of a social
entrepreneurship: starting up, scaling up, building partnership, mission drift, conﬂict
resolution, rethinking scale, social value/social impact assessment, and application
for funds. Each of these issues is illustrated in the ﬁrst part of the book (Cases in
Social Entrepreneurship) using the technique of the ‘‘case study’’ narrative, taking
as an example a ‘‘real’’ case of a ‘‘concrete’’ social enterprise in Stockholm.
However, in the second part of the book (Concepts in Social Entrepreneurship) the
same topics are analyzed from a more theoretical point of view implying some key
sociological concepts, such as actor-network theory and symbolic capital, framing
processes and social movements, embeddedness and economic quantiﬁcation, logic
Book Review Editor: Silvia Ferreira.
& Andrea Bassi
Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 45,
40125 Bologna, Italy
School of Economics, Management and Statistics, Piazzale della Vittoria, 15, 47121 Forlı
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