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|Title:||Societal entrepreneurs in the health sector: crossing the frontiers|
|Author(s):||Malin Tillmar, (Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden)|
|Citation:||Malin Tillmar, (2009) "Societal entrepreneurs in the health sector: crossing the frontiers", Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 5 Iss: 3, pp.282 - 298|
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurialism, Health services sector, Social roles, Sweden|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17508610911004340 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author wishes to thank The Knowledge Foundation and The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems for funding this paper, also her colleagues within the research programme Organization of Social Entrepreneurs in Sweden.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore societal entrepreneurship in the turbulent health-care sector in a changing welfare state, Sweden. Empirically oriented questions about the businesses explored in this paper are: how do the entrepreneurs see combining “health-driven” and profit-driven enterprises? What mindset and strategies guide their enterprises? What organizatorial solutions are used?
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on two case-entrepreneurs, selected due to the author's perception of them as successful both as businesses and as societal change agents. The entrepreneurs have been interviewed by means of unstructured dialogues.
Findings – Both entrepreneurs prove to be frontier crossing combiners in several dimensions; they unite ideological commitment with economically sound businesses, they bring together their medical professions and complementary methods of treatment, they combine bridge building with challenging and they reconcile part-time entrepreneurship with employment.
Research limitations/implications – With regard to the long-term preconditions for societal entrepreneurship, it is concluded that these two entrepreneurial processes have traits of both opportunity- and self-exploitation. The long-term social sustainability of enterprises of this kind is an issue for further research.
Originality/value – The paper goes beyond non-profit research by exploring societal entrepreneurship in the for-profit sector, with focus on entrepreneurship which crosses sectoral borders.
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