Designing organisational effectiveness in social entrepreneurial enterprises

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Designing organisational effectiveness in social entrepreneurial enterprises
Creator Sheik, Adelaid M. Tselepis, Thea J. Reddy, Collin D.
Subject Entrepreneurship; Social Entrepreneurship; Design design thinking; organisational effectiveness; systems thinking; social entrepreneurship; wicked problems
Description Background: Fundamental principles that encourage problem solving are included in the intersection between design thinking and systems thinking. In this study, we examined if these principles contribute to the nature of organisational effectiveness (OE) in the context of a social enterprise.Aim: The objective of the study was to explore the nature of OE in social enterprises.Setting: This exploratory qualitative study investigated the OE of social enterprises in South Africa.Methods: A three-phased Delphi method was conducted by a panel of experts.Results: Our findings indicate that the principles for the OE of social enterprises include, in particular, good, just, and useful services and/or products, as well as a satisfying human experience. In the context of a social enterprise, OE is therefore about the mission and resources of the enterprise. The enterprise can be viewed as making an impact when satisfying human (community and/or beneficiary) needs through useful products or services designed for good, and when promoting just relationships among and ethical conduct by all stakeholders.Conclusion: The framework or principles for social enterprises’ OE may be used to guide leadership, governance of resources (such as finances), and training in solving ‘wicked problems’ in such ecosystems. It is recommended that social entrepreneurs also apply the framework.Contribution: This paper offers four principles that are applicable when systems thinking overlaps with design thinking to guide the OE of social enterprises.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor The authors declare that there a no additional acknowledgements for this study.
Date 2023-09-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Delphi Method
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.728
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 9 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — Social economy experts
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Adelaid M. Sheik, Thea J. Tselepis, Collin D. Reddy