Social entrepreneurship in a transitional economy: A critical assessment of rural Chinese entrepreneurial firms

Shing Chung, Patrick POON, Lianxi ZHOU, Tsang Sing CHAN

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the institutional and social determinants, and consequences of social entrepreneurship with respect to China's rural enterprises. It also attempts to provide a conceptual framework concerning how rural Chinese enterprises act as social entrepreneurial institutions and contribute to both business development and social welfare of local communities. Design/methodology/approach – The conceptual framework is developed through a critical review of literature and an integration of multiple disciplinary studies, with a focus on the perspectives of institutional governance, managerial networks, and market orientation. Findings – The study identifies three framework layers for the development of China's rural enterprises, which are fundamentally driven by market preserving authoritarianism, local state corporatism, community culture, social entrepreneurship and market orientation. Practical implications – The proposed framework can help contribute to the theoretical development of strategic issues of social entrepreneurship in transitional economies. It may also provide insights about local state governance, ownership structures and market competition in China. Originality/value – As China's rural enterprises are widely regarded as a phenomenon related to the core nature of a “socialist market economy”, an ideology embraced since the beginning of Chinese social‐economic reforms, a study of institutional and entrepreneurial nature of this kind serves as a stepping stone for understanding the emerging phenomenon of the country's social entrepreneurship, which is characterized by open market mechanisms and socialist legacies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-109
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Management Development
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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Social entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial firms
Transitional economies
Rural China
Market orientation
Governance
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Design methodology
Authoritarianism
Ownership structure
Market economy
Strategic issues
Social determinants
Local communities
Social welfare
Chinese enterprises
Business development
China
Corporatism
Market competition

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Social entrepreneurship in a transitional economy: A critical assessment of rural Chinese entrepreneurial firms. / POON, Shing Chung, Patrick; ZHOU, Lianxi; CHAN, Tsang Sing.

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