Profits and purpose: Organizational tensions in indigenous social enterprises.

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Purpose: This paper aims to explore the way in which three indigenous social enterprises from Guatemala, Mexico and Peru, solve the paradox of simultaneously producing social and economic value, which creates organizational tensions. Design/methodology: This research follows a qualitative method based on a case study research strategy. Three different data collection techniques are applied: Analysis of internal reports, direct observation, and semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholder, mainly employees and managers. Findings: Indigenous social enterprises deal with organizational tensions by adopting different organizational structures and privileging one dimension over the other (social or economic) in decision making Social implications: Indigenous social enterprises generate quality of life and reduce historical exclusion patterns by strengthening local economy dynamics through social innovation. Originality/value: Social innovations, appreciated in different organizational structures, contribute to alleviate the tension that arises from managing entities with double purpose. Also, this research provides evidence of how marginalized groups can overcome exclusion and poverty conditions by creating indigenous social enterprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-618
Number of pages15
JournalIntangible Capital
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Profitability
profit
organizational structure
Industry
exclusion
Innovation
innovation
Economics
data collection method
local economy
economic value
Guatemala
Peru
qualitative method
quality of life
Managers
Mexico
Decision making
stakeholder
employee

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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