The effects of the legitimacy variables on the performance of social enterprises in Iran

Zahra Azadfar

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Because of increased social problems in developed and developing countries in recent decades, social entrepreneurship has attained more significance as it provides a way to tackle those issues that the public, private and civil sectors are not able to solve. Social enterprises have a remarkable role in creating social value and sustainable changes in society. For social enterprises’ to succeed the acquisition of resources to achieve their social, financial and environmental goals, it is crucial for the survival to gain legitimacy. With the help of Paul J. Dimaggio and Walter W. Powell’s Institutional Isomorphism Theory (1983), this research aims to illustrate how Iranian social enterprises attain and maintain legitimacy in terms of achieving their dual mission. This is done by analysing the formation conditions of the social enterprises, their characteristics and the methods they apply to deal with challenges, including their financial position. Therefore, this research draws on semi-structured interviews with Dastadast. The thesis findings reveal that social enterprises comply constantly with the institutional isomorphism pressures to accede more effective performance.

UddannelserMaster i Socialt Entreprenørskab og Management (SEM), (Masteruddannelse) Master
Udgivelsesdato27 jun. 2017
Antal sider80
VejledereJacob Dahl Rendtorff