Policy Challenges in Light of the Emerging Phenomenon of Social Businesses

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The paper focuses on the new phenomenon of social businesses and analyzes their unique attributes and their variegated contributions to those working in them and to society. Organizationally and conceptually, these hybrid entities can be placed between the non-profit and the business organization form as they are allowed to distribute profits but not to the owner/investor of the firm. The paper places such entities within the larger context of social enterprise and presents findings of a study conducted in Israel in 2009 on that phenomenon. The paper ends by analyzing the policy implications of these new developments and suggests that in order to promote social businesses and social enterprise in society, simultaneous intervention is needed on three aspects: The legal, the funding and the organizational support.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalNonprofit Policy Forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • hybrid organizations
  • policy challenges
  • policy implications
  • social business
  • social enterprise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration


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