WP 03 | 10 The Growth of Organizational Variety in Market Economies: The Case of Social Enterprises

Publication date: 18 March 2010
Research areas: Economic theory
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: social economy, motivations, cooperative, economia sociale, motivazioni, imprese sociali, cooperatives, social enterprises

The paper examines the main limitations of the orthodox and institutional theories and comes to assert the need for creating and testing a new theoretical framework, which considers the way in which diverse enterprises pursue their goals, the diverse motivations driving actors and organizations, and the different learning patterns and routines within organizations. The new framework of analysis proposed in the paper draws upon recent developments in the theories of the firm, institutional evolution, and motivational complexity to explain the presence of diverse types of organizations on a continuum ranging from purely for-profit and commercial forms to socially-oriented entrepreneurial ones.