Growth and social entrepreneurs: the challenge of conciliating economic and social values


  • Pesquisadora do ICETI Instituto Cesumar de Ci^encia, Tecnologia e Inovaç~ao, Centro Universitario de Maringa, Maringa
  • Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Maringa
  • Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sao Cristovao



Social entrepreneurship, Business growth, Social entrepreneurs


Purpose – This research aimed to describe the phenomenon of the growth of enterprises in the vision of social
Design/methodology/approach –This is a qualitative study developed joining eight social entrepreneurs in
four organizations, two cooperatives and two associations. Data were obtained in semi structured interviews.
Data were analyzed with interpretativist and the classical content analysis.
Findings – The main findings indicated the growth phenomenon presented in five categories: growth
intentions, growth meanings, support of other organizations and participation in networks, strategies and
difficulties. The results of the research have shown that the growth for the social entrepreneurs is a collective
phenomenon, characterized by search of economic value and empowerment.
Research limitations/implications – The main limitation of the research was study only two types of
organizations, one garbage cooperative and two association.
Practical implications – The results can help managers of social incubators and stakeholders because it was
evidenced the efforts and difficulties that social entrepreneurs face to survive and to search growth.
Social implications – Our findings may contribute to the formulation of public policies oriented to social
Originality/value – This paper presents the first theoretical contribution about the growth in a specific
context, the context of social entrepreneurs



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Vier Machado, H. P., Vallim Gaiotto, S. A. ., & Rovaris Machado, M. C. . (2021). Growth and social entrepreneurs: the challenge of conciliating economic and social values. REGE Revista De Gestão, 28(1), 02-22.