Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.



Degree Program

Entrepreneurship, PhD

Committee Chair

Fiet, James

Committee Member

Lucas, Kristen

Committee Member

Manikas, Andrew

Committee Member

Shepherd, Dean


Organizational sociology; Associations, institutions, etc.--Philosophy; Associations, institutions, etc.--Psychological aspects


Social enterprises have recently been recognized as organizations located in the field where two competing institutional logics co-exist preeminently. My dissertation attempts to examine the conditions under which the centrality of competing institutional logics, referring to the degree to which two competing institutional logics are both important to organizational functioning, is higher or lower in social enterprises. Using hand-collected data from the survey of 190 social enterprises in South Korea, this dissertation not only presents a validated and reliable measure for the centrality of competing logics, but also identifies the factors associated with variation in a social enterprise’s centrality of competing logics. Building on the perspective of heterogeneity in intra-stakeholder group, the Study 1 reveals that the heterogeneity within stakeholders can play a role in shaping the degree of centrality of competing logics. Specifically, ethical investors within investor stakeholders and cross-workers within employee stakeholder may enhance the centrality of competing logics. Drawing on imprinting perspective, Study 2 shows that there is the curvilinear effect of social entrepreneurs’ non-profit experience on the centrality of competing logics. Social entrepreneurs’ non-profit experience has a positive influence on the centrality of competing logics until reaching a certain point, beyond which that point is likely to be negative. Moreover, the effect of social entrepreneurs’ non-profit experience on the centrality of competing logics is less profound in the social enterprises with a highly ambivalent founder. This dissertation contributes to connect distinct research areas together, which are: (1) social entrepreneurship, (2) institutional logics, (3) stakeholder theory, and (4) imprinting perspective.