Research Summary

Institutional entrepreneurship in the social enterprise sector

by Julie Battilana


Most recently, Professor Battilana has started studying institutional entrepreneurship in the social enterprise sector. Social entrepreneurs can be broadly characterized as individuals or organizations engaged in entrepreneurial activities with a social goal, such as commercial microfinance organizations. In attempting to achieve this social goal, social enterprise initiatives often break with existing institutions, thus providing a particularly adequate setting for examining the process of institutional entrepreneurship.