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Alliance for Social Enterprise: A Framework to Develop Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

IRE Vol 11: Issue 4, 2013, Pages 79-98

Author(s): Dawn Harris (Loyola University Chicago, USA), Thomas Derdak (Global Alliance for Africa, Chicago, USA), Nicholas Lash, Ugur Uygur, Michael Welch and Linda Tuncay Zayer (Loyola University Chicago, USA)

Abstract:
This research proposes a novel framework, an alliance for social enterprise, as a model for developing social entrepreneurial initiatives in emerging economies. The alliance for social enterprise levrages the alliance partnerís strengths to accomplish a social mission. The non-governmental organization (NGO) has an understanding of the local conditions and offers financial and social capital; the university utilizes its research efforts to assess the processes and enhance the positive outcomes of the strategic venture; the corporation utilizes its financial capital and provides market access to the local business; and the local business provides human capital as well as products. This strategic alliance encourages long-term sustainability with economic returns and advocates social development goals. In this research, a Coffee Cooperative in Tanzania serves as an illustrative example that demonstrates the formation and operation of the alliance for social enterprise.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Alliance, Emerging Economies, Africa, Small Business

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