The Process of Social Value Creation

A Multiple-Case Study on Social Entrepreneurship in India

  • Archana Singh

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Archana Singh
    Pages 1-16
  3. In Search of Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Caselets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Archana Singh
      Pages 65-102
  5. The Process of Social Value Creation: Toward Emerging Theory of Social Entrepreneurship

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Archana Singh
      Pages 205-221
  7. Archana Singh
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-237

About this book


This book discusses social entrepreneurship, especially in context of India. It focuses on understanding the whole process of social value creation, i.e. social entrepreneurship - opportunity identification, resource mobilisation, social value, capabilities of social entrepreneurs and innovation in three different types of social enterprises – (i) non-profit or charitable ones; (ii) non-profit social enterprise, sustainable with the combined income of grants, subsidies and own earned income; self-sustainable not-for-profit social enterprise; and hybrid social enterprise; and (iii) for-profit social enterprises. Sample cases of social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) were selected from three inter-linked sectors -- health, education and livelihood. To provide a comprehensive view, interviews were taken not only from the founders (social entrepreneurs), management personnel, and other employees, but also from the beneficiaries. The book comprises how, on the basis of cross-comparison between three types of social enterprises, several propositions and finally theoretical framework on social entrepreneurship have been developed. It proposes that social entrepreneurship can be acquired and that these social entrepreneurs can help solve the larger social problems faced both by developing and developed nations.


Innovation Opportunity Identification Resource Mobilization Social Entrepreneur Social Entrepreneurship Social Value

Authors and affiliations

  • Archana Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, School of Management and Labour StudiesTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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