Presenter Information

Amanda O'Malley, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 343

Start Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

In this paper, I will examine how the social enterprise landscape is developing in China against the backdrop of social enterprises global emergence. Building on the comparative research of Janelle Kerlin (2009) and Salamon et al. (2010), this paper will investigate how Chinas current socioeconomic and political environment plays an inextricable role in shaping the diverse models of social enterprises in China. These unique factors in China produce a ripe ecosystem for social enterprises to take root and develop as Chinese entrepreneurs are creatively harnessing resources from diverse sectors, such as the market, civil society, state, and international agents, to address social welfare needs currently unmet by the state. Despite initially arising from predominately the civil society sector, many social enterprises are now operating with a broader definition of social enterprise and seeking to incorporate more market strategies into their operations. As a result, these relatively undefined models of social enterprises are gradually moving from the civil society-based social enterprise realm towards the market-based sector, marking an expanding influence of Chinas increasingly capitalist economy on its social enterprise landscape.

Faculty Sponsor

Patrice Franko

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Global Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

487

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May 1st, 12:00 PM May 1st, 1:00 PM

Social Entrepreneurship in China: A Global Phenomenon with Chinese Characteristics

Diamond 343

In this paper, I will examine how the social enterprise landscape is developing in China against the backdrop of social enterprises global emergence. Building on the comparative research of Janelle Kerlin (2009) and Salamon et al. (2010), this paper will investigate how Chinas current socioeconomic and political environment plays an inextricable role in shaping the diverse models of social enterprises in China. These unique factors in China produce a ripe ecosystem for social enterprises to take root and develop as Chinese entrepreneurs are creatively harnessing resources from diverse sectors, such as the market, civil society, state, and international agents, to address social welfare needs currently unmet by the state. Despite initially arising from predominately the civil society sector, many social enterprises are now operating with a broader definition of social enterprise and seeking to incorporate more market strategies into their operations. As a result, these relatively undefined models of social enterprises are gradually moving from the civil society-based social enterprise realm towards the market-based sector, marking an expanding influence of Chinas increasingly capitalist economy on its social enterprise landscape.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/44