Chapter | Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation | 2012

Social Entrepreneurs as Institutional Entrepreneurs: The Case of Sekem

by Tomislav Rimac, Johanna Mair and Julie Battilana

Abstract

How can application of a positive lens to understanding social change and organizations enrich and elaborate theory and practice? This is the core question that inspired this book. It is a question that brought together a diverse and talented group of researchers interested in change and organizations in different problem domains (sustainability, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and education). The contributors to this book bring different theoretical lenses to the question of social change and organizations. Some are anchored in more macro accounts of how and why social change processes occur, while others approach the question from a more psychological or social psychological perspective. Many of the chapters in the book travel across levels of analyses, making their accounts of social change good examples of multi-level theorizing. Some scholars are practiced and immersed in thinking about organizational phenomena through a positive lens; for others it was a total adventure in trying on a new set of glasses. However, connecting all contributing authors was an excitement and willingness to explore new insights and new angles on how to explain and cultivate social change within or across organizations. This edited volume will be of interest to an international community that seek to understand how organizations and people can generate positive outcomes for society. Students and researchers in organizational behavior, management, positive psychology, leadership, and corporate responsibility will find this book of interest.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship; Social Psychology; Social Issues; Organizations; Business and Community Relations;

Citation:

Rimac, Tomislav, Johanna Mair, and Julie Battilana. "Social Entrepreneurs as Institutional Entrepreneurs: The Case of Sekem." In Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation, edited by Karen Golden-Biddle and Jane E. Dutton. Organization and Management Series. New York: Psychology Press, 2012.