In Research


Year: 2019
Published in: Journal of Small Business Management 57.4 (2019): 1616-1636.
Cited as: Davies, Iain Andrew, Helen Haugh, and Liudmila Chambers. “Barriers to social enterprise growth.” Journal of Small Business Management 57.4 (2019): 1616-1636.


This study investigates barriers to social enterprise growth. The research employs qualitative case study data gathered from young social enterprises to examine the interplay between social enterprise and individual, organizational and institutional barriers to growth. We find that social enterprise barriers to growth are based on values differences, business models, and institutional norms. We theorize three strategic responses to overcome barriers to growth: values‐based decision‐making, leveraging social mission, and anchoring.


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