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Value creation within societal entrepreneurship: a process perspective
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Quality Technology and Management, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Social entrepreneurship is given considerable attention within literature and

academic research despite that fact it is an area that needs considerable attention

and research. The main purpose for societal entrepreneurs is to create societal

value but there can be difficulties to understand value creation within the area.

Important components within Total Quality Management (TQM) are process

orientation and value creation. A TQM perspective with processes in focus

provides opportunities to clarify societal value creation within societal

entrepreneurship initiatives.

The main purpose of this thesis has been to explore how societal value is created

within the area of societal entrepreneurship and the underlying purpose has been

to contribute to the development of knowledge and understanding about the

societal entrepreneurship area. In order to fulfil the purpose one literature case

study and three empirical case studies have been conducted with processes in

focus. The literature case study was conducted first and it resulted in a theoretical

process map based on a process perspective, which showed how societal value was

created within a societal entrepreneurship initiative. After that the three empirical

case studies were conducted separately and the findings from the empirical case

studies were compared with the previously developed theoretical process map. A

cross case analysis was made to find out if the process map could be confirmed,

developed or rejected.

The result of the case studies contributes to earlier findings within research and

gives a common, comprehensive and simplified picture of a complex phenomenon

and an opportunity to understand how societal value is created. A general overall

process map is presented that gives a picture of how value is created within the

area of societal entrepreneurship. The result shows the management process and

support process fields. The map also shows a main process that is further

developed with input, output and sub processes. The studies point out that societal

value is created through processes and that societal value creation can be described

out of a process orientation perspective. Important components to create societal

value have been found to be: 'unidentified needs'; 'knowledge about the context';

'identified need'; 'an idea or a vision'; and some kind of 'organization' and

important activities to create value seem to be: 'being in the context'; 'analysis of

knowledge'; 'searching for solution'; 'organize and mobilize'; and 'realize'. Fields

where support processes are performed that are of importance in societal value

creation have been identified. Those fields are 'creation of financing opportunities';

'performance of political decisions and acts'; 'development and use of networks';

'establishment of initiative'; 'creation of media information'; 'development and use

of scientific results'; and 'development and use of competence'.

The map does have potential for development. Further studies need to be done

within the area concerning how societal value is created and to get an even more

comprehensive process map of the societal entrepreneurship area but the result

presented in this thesis is a start to understanding how societal value is created and

to develop knowledge and understanding of the societal entrepreneurship area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Östersund: Mid Sweden University , 2013. , 73 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948 ; 104
Keyword [en]
Societal entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; societal value; process; process map, Total Quality Management (TQM).
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20184ISBN: 978-91-87557-00-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20184DiVA: diva2:663411
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Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2014-02-03Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Soci(et)al entrepreneurship from a Quality Management perspective
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Soci(et)al entrepreneurship from a Quality Management perspective
2011 (English)In: ICSB world conference: Back to the future, Changes in perspectives of global entrepreneurship and innovation, Stockholm, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper was to visualize and describe a general social/societal entrepreneurship process and to describe essential parts within the processes with the aim of contributing to the understanding of the features of the phenomenon. By studying the area from a Quality Management view and with a focus on processes this study shows a proposed visualization of the soci(et)al entrepreneurship development processes. The visualization shows processes, activities, output, input, and the value to the customer within soci(et)al entrepreneurship. The process starts with various unidentified needs and ends in the soci(et)al values. The study focused on literature that was found through databases, previous knowledge within the area and from other scientists. The results were confirmed in literature that describes social or societal entrepreneurship cases. This is an attempt to contribute to the understanding of soci(et)al entrepreneurship and help practitioners to understand their work and develop within the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2011
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Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14735 (URN)978-0-9819028-3-8 (ISBN)
Conference
56th annual ICSB world conference
Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-11-14 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved
2. A process towards societal value within a community-based regional development project
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A process towards societal value within a community-based regional development project
2012 (English)In: Quality Innovation Prosperity, ISSN 1335-1745, Vol. 16, no 2, 71-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Processes, activities and tasks of a community-based area development project are described. The main process has been used three times and a model is presented.  An earlier developed process map has been verified. The description of the project can help other communities to plan development projects. The illustration can be valuable for entrepreneurs who are planning a societal value initiative and for decision-makers and stakeholders who can contribute to, are concerned with, or may be affected by societal entrepreneurship. Observation, participating studies, dokumentations and an interview with the project leader has been carried out. Data have been analyzed and compared with the previously developed process map to achieve a deeper understanding of the processes within societal entrepreneurship. The purpose was to study and describe the processes of a community-based area development project and to compare it with a previously developed process map and to verify the process map.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kosice, Slovakia: Public Knowledge Project, 2012
Keyword
Societal entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, societal value, process, process map.
National Category
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Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18208 (URN)10.12776/qip.v16i2.70 (DOI)2-s2.0-84875876664 (ScopusID)
Projects
SESPA Samhällsentreprenörskap gränsöverskridande kraft för regional och lokal utveckling i glesa miljöer
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved
3. Creation of value to the society: a process map of the societal entrepreneurship area
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creation of value to the society: a process map of the societal entrepreneurship area
2015 (English)In: Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, ISSN 1478-3371, E-ISSN 1478-3371, Vol. 26, no 4, 385-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Both science and those active within the societal entrepreneurship area need further knowledge and understanding about the phenomenon. By identifying and mapping out processes within societal entrepreneurship, opportunities to create knowledge and understanding are created. The purpose of this study has been to empirically study processes within societal entrepreneurship initiatives and compare them with a theoretical process map. The purpose has also been to confirm and develop this map. Three cases of societal entrepreneurship have been studied. Several data sources have been used to find activities and tasks within the initiatives. These have then been analysed using the process map. The empirical studies have confirmed and developed the theoretical process map that shows how societal value is crated within societal entrepreneurship. A process map of the societal entrepreneurship area that seems to cover general principles is presented.

Keyword
process, process map, social entrepreneurship, societal entrepreneurship, societal value
National Category
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Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20183 (URN)10.1080/14783363.2013.835897 (DOI)000351162700012 ()2-s2.0-84938551266 (ScopusID)
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Published online 15 Oct 2013.

Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved

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