A social welfare perspective of market-oriented social enterprises

Benjamin Gidron, Yisca Monnickendam-Givon

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The article analyses market-oriented social enterprises from a social welfare perspective, within the context of the innate conflict between business and welfare orientations. After defining the concept of market-oriented social enterprises and presenting some successful examples on such entities that employ different marginalised populations, particularly people with disabilities, the article asks three interrelated questions: (i) What policy environment is needed to encourage the development of social enterprises? (ii) Given the innate tension between the social and economic objectives in social enterprises, what structural principles are needed to enable them to meet those dual objectives? Lastly, (iii) What intervention modalities are best suited to help individual participants in those frameworks? Answers to these questions are discussed within conceptual frameworks from the worlds of welfare and business that jointly provide a base for a social welfare rationale for market-oriented social enterprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • enabling state
  • marginalised populations
  • market-oriented
  • shared value
  • social enterprise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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