What is it about?

It employs discourse as the main epistemology in institutional theory and applies corpus linguistics methods to identify the institutional-change work performed by social entrepreneurs. The data came from published textual data of a renowned social enterprise from Hong Kong/China. The study reveals 17 SE discourse orientations which can be classified as five meta discourses: problematization, empowerment, marketization, resource mobilization, and publicness.

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Why is it important?

It is one of the first studies in social entrepreneurship (broadly defined) that conceptualizes SE as institutional work and applies corpus linguistics methods to study textual data. It is a novel paper and aims to encourage more scholars to consider a 'discursive approach' to social entrepreneurship but using large-scale textual data that can be tackled using a computational approach to discourse.


It reveals that future research on SE can better integrate the literature from social work, public administration, and sustainability research to inform SE. It articulates the promise of corpus linguistics as a primary or supplementary method for future SE discourse research.

Dr Yanto Chandra
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Social Entrepreneurship as Institutional-Change Work: A Corpus Linguistics Analysis, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, October 2016, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2016.1233133.
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