Analyzing social entrepreneurship from an institutional perspective: Evidence from Spain

David Urbano, Nuria Toledano, Domingo Ribeiro Soriano

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In recent years, social entrepreneurship (SE) has been regarded as an important source of social, economic and environmental wealth, and many scholars are focusing their inquiries on this emerging area. Little is known, however, concerning the environmental factors that affect this entrepreneurial phenomenon. In this research, we analyze how these factors affect both the emergence and implementation of SE in the highly entrepreneurial Spanish region of Catalonia, using institutional economics as the main conceptual framework. We also apply an inductive theory, building an empirical approach to conducting a multiple-case study in order to develop theoretical propositions that enhance our understanding of the phenomenon. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-69
JournalJournal of Social Entrepreneurship
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Case study
  • Institutional economics
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Spain


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