Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

Jon Shefner

Committee Members

Harry F. Dahms, Christina Ergas, Joel Gehman, Tim Pollock


The construct of social entrepreneurship appeared in academia in the latter part of the 1990s and has become increasingly studied since then (Dacin, Dacin, & Tracey, 2011; Fayolle & Matlay, 2010; Short, Moss, & Lumpkin, 2009). Global phenomena of social entrepreneurship provide many opportunities to explore contextual factors that are not yet well understood and social entrepreneurship research is dominated by Western perspectives, leaving a gap for research and analysis of non-Western cases (Mair & Marti, 2006). In this dissertation, the case study of organizing social entrepreneurship in Cuba addresses that gap. I put the Cuba case study into comparison with a case study of organizing social entrepreneurship through the B Corp movement in the United States. I use the interdisciplinary theory of fields (Fligstein & McAdam, 2012) as a framework for arguing that social entrepreneurship is being organized in Cuba and in the United States through similar processes of “strategic action field” formation (Fligstein & McAdam, 2012), but that these processes are at different stages of development and are forming qualitatively different models with comparable constructs.

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