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The promise and problems of price subsidization in social entrepreneurship

Jeffery S. McMullen and Brian J. Bergman

Business Horizons, 2018, vol. 61, issue 4, 609-621

Abstract: Social entrepreneurship research has often focused on the benefits and challenges of designing hybrid organizations that integrate competing institutional logics to tackle social problems using market-based methods, especially in developing economies. Drawing on case evidence from the Safe Water for Africa program, we show how and why pricing new products at other than market prices offers a seductive but dangerous mechanism for managers seeking to pursue dual objectives in hybrid organizations. We identify five strategic and operational challenges with ethical implications that manifest as pricing dilemmas and show how and why they are likely to elicit moral dilemmas among stakeholders of social entrepreneurship who are not equally committed to both social and economic objectives.

Keywords: Social entrepreneurship; Pricing dilemmas; Price discrimination; Price subsidization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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