Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 133, Issue 4, pp 659–675 | Cite as

From Caring Entrepreneur to Caring Enterprise: Addressing the Ethical Challenges of Scaling up Social Enterprises

  • Kevin AndréEmail author
  • Anne-Claire Pache


This paper advances the conception of social entrepreneurs as caring entrepreneurs. We argue that the care ethics of social entrepreneurs, implying the pursuit of caring goals through caring processes, can be challenged when they engage in the process of scaling up their ventures. We propose that social entrepreneurs can sustain their care ethics as the essential dimension of their venture only if they are able to build a caring enterprise. Organizational care designates the set of organizing principles that facilitate the embedding of care ethics at an organizational level, beyond the imprinting induced by social entrepreneurs’ personal ethics.


Ethics of care Social entrepreneurship Scaling up Organizational care 


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  1. 1.ESSEC Business SchoolCergy-PontoiseFrance

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