Social Entrepreneurship in India: Models and Application

Anirudh Agrawal, Prajakta Khare

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The promise of social entrepreneurship in a country like India is enormous, as there are considerable variations concerning culture, societies, economies, and development achievements. Social entrepreneurship is one such leadership and organisational practice that can address the pressing socio-economic problems of India. The communities, corporations, government, civil society and individuals can all undertake social entrepreneurial practices to address India’s problems. The chapter discusses the different social enterprise models existing in India, and draws its inspiration from the work of Defourny and Nyssens on social enterprise (SE) models and typologies and applies them to the Indian context. It provides examples of concrete applications of the conceptual models in different fields of activity. Indian SEs following the entrepreneurial non-profit model operates as non-profit organisations, foundations, associations, non-governmental organisations or societies. The chapter concludes with a discussion about future opportunities for SE development in India.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Enterprise in Asia : Theory, Models and Practice
EditorsEric Bidet, Jacques Defourny
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9780367211592
ISBN (Electronic)9780429265761
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Social Enterprise and Social Innovation

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