The impact of the institutional environment and experience on social entrepreneurship: A multi-group analysis

Mohd Ghazali, Ezlika and Mutum, Dilip S. and Javadi, Haleh Hakim (2021) The impact of the institutional environment and experience on social entrepreneurship: A multi-group analysis. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 27 (5). pp. 1329-1350. ISSN 1355-2554, DOI

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Purpose This study presents a framework for integrating distinct perspectives on social entrepreneurship by combining institutional theory with the social entrepreneurship intention model. The framework assesses the relationships between social support and the perceived feasibility and desirability of social entrepreneurship, the relationships between social support and the institutional environments of social workers, and the moderating role of prior experience of social work and volunteering. Design/methodology/approach The model was tested using 266 validated responses from an online and paper-based survey distributed among social workers. Partial least squares structural equation modelling was used to analyse the data, and multi-group analysis was conducted to examine the moderation effects. Findings The findings indicate that experience moderates the relationships between the regulatory and cognitive environments, cognitive environments and social support, and social support and perceived feasibility. Experience negatively moderates the relationship between the normative environment and social support. Practical implications Active government involvement in the form of incentives and financial support would encourage the creation of social ventures. Social implications Educational programmes are also necessary to help raise awareness and increase the familiarity and knowledge of potential social entrepreneurs. Originality/value The study analyses the effects of institutional environmental components, recognised as highly influential on the development of social entrepreneurship, as well as the impact of perceived social support on the antecedents of the perceived desirability and feasibility of social entrepreneurship. It also addresses how social work experience modifies these relationships. Contrary to previous studies, the findings suggest that increasing social work experience isolates entrepreneurs from their environment.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya Research Grant (RP044B-17HNE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social entrepreneurship; Structural equation modelling; Social enterprise
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 07:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 07:14

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