Ethical judgments about social entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: The influence of spatio-cultural meanings

Maria Margarida De Avillez, Andrew Greenman, Susan Marlow

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Within this paper, we adopt a qualitative process approach to explore how ethical judgments are influenced by spatio-cultural meanings applied to social entrepreneurship in the context of Mozambique. We analyse how such ethical judgments emerged using data gathered over a 4 year period in Maputo. Our findings illustrate three modes used to inform ethical judgments: embracing, rejecting and integrating. These describe how ethical judgments transpire as participants evaluate social entrepreneurship drawing upon related global normative meanings and those embedded within the local context. This analysis offers a critical contribution regarding how ethical judgments regarding social entrepreneurship evolve from negotiation and interaction within a context of multiple spatio-cultural meanings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-892
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
Early online date8 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Ethical judgments
  • Process theory
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Spatio-cultural meanings
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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