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Supportive Measures for Scaling Swedish Social Organizations Abroad: Intermediaries’ Perception of Initiatives Needed
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Den här studien undersöker om intressenter som verkar i det svenska ekosystemet för entreprenörskap upplever att det finns ett behov av insatser för att stötta sociala organisationers internationalisering – och om sa är fallet, vilket stöd som ska implementeras för att skapa maximalt värde. Nio semistrukturerade intervjuer med intressenter som representerar akademiska institutioner, myndigheter och stödorganisationer genomfördes. Resultaten visar att majoriteten av sociala entreprenörer som idag verkar i Sverige inte vill skala internationellt. Det framkommer också att de som skalar har ett tydligt tekniskt fokus och i första hand söker sig till övriga länder i Norden. Intressenterna upplevde vidare att det fanns ett behov av stödinsatser relaterat till internationalisering, i huvudsak kopplat till att stärka affärsmässigheten bland organisationerna. I diskussionen används en modell för skalbarhet samt den svenska regeringens strategi för sociala organisationer för att identifiera potentiella överlapp samt för att placera resultatet i en teoretisk kontext. Da fältet innefattar organisationer som verkar inom ett brett spektrum inkluderar rekommendationer för framtida forskning att identifiera stödinsatser som riktar sig mot mer nischade delar inom socialt entreprenörskap, samt att utvärdera hur offentliga organisationer kan bidra till att skapa ökad tillväxt.

Abstract [en]

This study is investigating if stakeholders in the Swedish ecosystem of entrepreneurship perceive that there is a need for initiatives supporting social organizations’ internationalization and if so – what support should be implemented to provide maximum value. Nine semi-structured interviews with stakeholders representing academic institutions, public agencies and support organizations were conducted. The result shows that the majority of social entrepreneurs currently operating in Sweden are not looking into scaling internationally and those who do often have a clear technology focus and target the Nordic countries. The stakeholders perceived that there was a need for support initiatives related to internationalization, mainly with regards to strengthening business-mindedness. In the final discussion, the results are mapped into a scalability framework and the strategy for social organizations developed by the Swedish government, to identify potential overlaps and place the findings in a theoretical context. As the field entails a wide variety of organizations, suggestions for future research includes identifying support initiatives targeting niches within social entrepreneurship, and assessing how public organizations can support further growth.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 15
Series
TRITA-EECS-EX ; 2019:426
Keywords [en]
Social organizations; Intermediary organizations; Internationalization; Entrepreneurial ecosystem
Keywords [sv]
Sociala organisationer, Intermediära organisationer; Internationalisering; Entreprenöriella ekosystem
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-254949DiVA, id: diva2:1336664
Subject / course
Computer Science
Educational program
Master of Science - Media Management
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Available from: 2019-07-10 Created: 2019-07-10 Last updated: 2019-07-10Bibliographically approved

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