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Societal entrepreneurs in the health sector: crossing the frontiers
Linköping University.
2009 (English)In: Social Enterprise Journal, ISSN 1750-8614, E-ISSN 1750-8533, Vol. 5, no 3, 282-298 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore societal entrepreneurship in the turbulent health-care sector in a changing welfare state, Sweden. Empirically oriented questions about the businesses explored in this paper are: how do the entrepreneurs see combining “health-driven” and profit-driven enterprises? What mindset and strategies guide their enterprises? What organizatorial solutions are used?

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on two case-entrepreneurs, selected due to the author's perception of them as successful both as businesses and as societal change agents. The entrepreneurs have been interviewed by means of unstructured dialogues.

Findings – Both entrepreneurs prove to be frontier crossing combiners in several dimensions; they unite ideological commitment with economically sound businesses, they bring together their medical professions and complementary methods of treatment, they combine bridge building with challenging and they reconcile part-time entrepreneurship with employment.

Research limitations/implications – With regard to the long-term preconditions for societal entrepreneurship, it is concluded that these two entrepreneurial processes have traits of both opportunity- and self-exploitation. The long-term social sustainability of enterprises of this kind is an issue for further research.

Originality/value – The paper goes beyond non-profit research by exploring societal entrepreneurship in the for-profit sector, with focus on entrepreneurship which crosses sectoral borders.

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2009. Vol. 5, no 3, 282-298 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Entrepreneurialism, Social roles, Health services sector
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Business Administration
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Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64172DOI: 10.1108/17508610911004340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64172DiVA: diva2:1097197
Available from: 2017-05-22 Created: 2017-05-22 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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