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    Large-Scale Events as Catalysts for Creating Mutual Dependence Between Social Ventures and Resource Providers

    McNamara, Peter and Pazzaglia, Federica and Sonpar, Karan (2018) Large-Scale Events as Catalysts for Creating Mutual Dependence Between Social Ventures and Resource Providers. Journal of Management, 44 (2). pp. 470-500. ISSN 0149-2063

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    We examine the resource mobilization efforts undertaken by a social venture to organize the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games and bring about a change in social attitudes towards the cause of learning and intellectual disabilities. In contrast to previously advanced views of social ventures as powerless actors, we find instead that they are able to leverage the visibility afforded by large-scale events to create positions of mutual dependence, which allow them to access broad support bases and assert themselves in relationships with external parties. Specifically, we find that resource mobilization involves six distinct tactics rooted in the softer forms of power, namely, attraction and inducement. The use of these soft-power tactics depends upon the social venture’s goal at different moments of the relationship with its partners and the level of support available from each external party. Our elaborated theory highlights both the role and limitations of soft power in mobilizing resources and managing relationships.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: social ventures; mutual dependence; resource dependence theory; soft power;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11318
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    Depositing User: Peter McNamara
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 13:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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