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 Title

Social Enterprises and the Pursuit of Mission: Form Matters

 Authors

Sarin, Ankur ; Sriram M S

 Publication Date

30-Jul-2020

 Year

2020

  Publication Code

WP 2020-07-03

 Abstract

Mission drift serves as an important parameter of success not only on its own right (Epstein and McFarlan 2011), but also because it shines light on the fundamental dilemma that social enterprises face between the pursuit of a solution to the social problem (“purpose”) and financial sustainability of the organisation (‘profit”). Without contradicting the legal and resource imperatives, we argue that the choice of organisational form for social enterprises is also a strategic one, and one that has implications for the success of the organisation and its vulnerability to mission drift.

 

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