How to create social entrepreneurship in the rural highlands of Guatemala: The importance of context and cross sector collaboration
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: The importance of creating social and economic value through social entrepreneurship has gained recognition in recent decades. However, the concept has mostly been studied within the Western world, contributing to a skewed perspective of social entrepreneurship, as it also occurs within other contexts. Moreover, the lone actor has been emphasized as the drive for social change. Still, it is argued that it is through several actors within cross sector collaborations that great social impact can be reached.
Purpose of the study: The purpose of this Master Thesis is to explore and broaden the understanding of the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship within a developing country. Moreover, the aim of this Master Thesis is to contribute with insights in how cross sector actors are collaborating in order to enable social entrepreneurship.
Methodological framework: In order to carry out this Master Thesis a qualitative research approach was chosen. A single case study in the western highlands of Guatemala was carried out. The empirical data was gathered through observations and 18 semi structured interviews.
Conclusion: The conducted study acknowledges six contexts: the business, the social, the spatial, the formal institutional, informal institutional and the international influence, which are both enabling and constraining social entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the study reveals four factors of how organizations across sectors and nations are collaborating in order to enable social entrepreneurship: forging initial agreement, building leadership, continuous communication and generation and utilization of resources. The study also reveals the connection of context, cross sector collaboration and social entrepreneurship.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 109 p.
social entrepreneurship, context, cross sector collaboration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119741ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--15/02071--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119741DiVA: diva2:826689
Sida, Hivos, AGEXPORT
Subject / course
Master Thesis in Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration)
2015-06-02, 10:00 (English)
Tillmar, Malin, Biträdande professor
Högberg, Lena, Universitetslektor