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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume II by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 18

Examining the Ethics of Organizational Legal Forms: Lessons from the Social Enterprise Movement

Rae André

Northeastern University

Introduction

By definition, entrepreneurs engaged in social enterprise are concerned with the ethical foundations of their organizations. Believing that traditional organizational legal forms are not adequate to advance their socially responsible missions, these entrepreneurs have created a social enterprise movement that seeks to develop innovative approaches to organizational governance. Previous to the movement, entrepreneurs chose their legal organizational forms from a relatively simple set. They could incorporate as a public or private for-profit corporation, or they could organize themselves into ...

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