What is it about?

In the 1820s, Scottish immigrant Frances Wright launched and led an organization that fits today's definitions of social enterprise.

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Why is it important?

The concept of one business model generating more than one type of value is an old one, and this historic case gives uniquely powerful insights into social enterprise performance.


This paper was selected as the best paper published in 2018 in the Journal of Management History. I love history research as well as social enterprise research, and this study gave me a chance to do both. It was a four-year project. We named one of our Siamese cats after the venture in the study: Nashoba, the Choctaw word for "wolf."

Dr. Patrick James Murphy
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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This page is a summary of: Social enterprise in Antebellum America: the case of Nashoba (1824-1829), Journal of Management History, January 2018, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jmh-06-2017-0032.
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