Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change

Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change. World Economic Forum. May 2, 2017.

This report is designed for any social entrepreneur or social sector leader looking for strategies and tools to influence the broader system in which they operate. The objective of this research report and the accompanying in-depth teaching case studies is to help practitioners understand what systems change means in the context of social entrepreneurship, how it is distinct from direct service or “business-in-a-box” models and, most importantly, what it looks like in practice – not as abstract concepts, but as a set of concrete activities, processes, and leadership lessons.

The case studies follow six for-profit and non-profit social entrepreneurs in the Schwab Foundation network as their strategies evolved beyond organizational scale – growing the reach of a prescriptive, organizationally designed solution to a problem – to systemic scale, with the goal of shifting the rules, norms and values that make up social systems. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 51 pages, 7.73 KB].

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