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Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation
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|Title:||Social enterprise: An international overview of its conceptual evolution and legal implementation|
|Author(s):||Giulia Galera, (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, University of Trento, Trento, Italy), Carlo Borzaga, (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, University of Trento, Trento, Italy)|
|Citation:||Giulia Galera, Carlo Borzaga, (2009) "Social enterprise: An international overview of its conceptual evolution and legal implementation", Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 5 Iss: 3, pp.210 - 228|
|Keywords:||Enterprise economics, Entrepreneurialism, Law, Social economics|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17508610911004313 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the evolution of the social enterprise concept at an international level. It provides a comprehensive overview of the existing literature in this subject area and focuses on the legal implementation of social enterprises.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is an analytic review, building on previous work. Conclusions are on how the social enterprise concept has been legally implemented in a number of representative European countries.
Findings – The lack of a common understanding of social enterprise should not be regarded as a limitation as such debate encourages a rethinking of the theoretical definition of enterprise and its legal structure. The legal recognition of social enterprise contributes to conceptual clarification in the countries concerned.
Research limitations/implications – This is a conceptual discussion paper, which stimulates further research on the most interesting mechanisms and consistent models of social enterprise that are developing at an international level.
Originality/value – The paper synthesises existing conceptual studies on social enterprise. It contributes to enrich the current debate on social enterprise and aids in focusing future research.
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