Social Enterprise Emergence from Social Movementactivism

2017-02-27 11:27:23

Dear students, faculty and staff, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to Research Seminar “SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EMERGENCE FROM SOCIAL MOVEMENTACTIVISM: THE FAIRPHONE CASE” by Ona Akemu

WHEN: Monday,February 27th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Block C3 (GSB/GSPP Building), 3rd floor, Room 3038

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Effectuation theory invests agency – intention and purposeful enactment – for new venture creation in the entrepreneurial actor(s). Based on the results of a 15-month in-depth longitudinal case study of Amsterdam-based social enterprise Fairphone, we argue that effectual entrepreneurial agency is co-constituted by distributed agency, the proactive conferral of material resources and legitimacy to an eventual entrepreneur by heterogeneous actors external to the new venture. We show how in the context of social movement activism, an effectual network pre-committed resources to an inchoate social enterpriseto produce a material artefact because it embodied the moral values of network members. We develop amodel of social enterprise emergence based on these findings. We theorize the role of material artefactsin effectuation theory and suggest that, in the case, the artefact served as a boundary object, present in multiple social words and triggering commitment from actors not governed by hierarchical arrangements.                                                                                                                                                             


Ona Akemu is fascinated by the rapid economic growth rates of countries such as Brazil, India and China. As these countries develop economically, they are bound to produce world-class enterprises that will change the global business landscape. His research interests are in the fields of corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship. Broadly speaking, Ona interested in the following questions: (1) how do emerging-country multinational corporations socially impact other emerging countries in which they operate; and (2) how do entrepreneurial firms in emerging countries grow and gain notoriety on the global stage? In his doctoral thesis, he intend to understand the motives, nature and enablers of the corporate social actions of Chinese and Western firms operating within the telecommunications equipment sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.Before starting his doctoral studies, he worked for eight years as a consultant in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, and as a petroleum engineer for a large multinational oil company in The Netherlands and Siberia. Ona hold an MBA from London Business School and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.