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Two papers on social enterprise co-authored by Helen Haugh of Cambridge Judge Business Schools are cited by academic journals.

Young woman reading one of the most downloaded papers from the Journal of Small Business Management.

An article on social enterprise growth co-authored by Helen Haugh of Cambridge Judge Business School has been named one of the most downloaded research papers at the Journal of Small Business Management. The journal said the paper received some of the most downloads in the 12 months following publication in the 2018-2019 period, generating immediate impact.

Helen Haugh.
Dr Helen Haugh

The paper entitled Barriers to Social Enterprise Growth” investigates obstacles to social enterprise advancement, employing qualitative case study data gathered from young social enterprises to examine the interplay between social enterprise and individual, organisational, and institutional barriers to growth. The authors advance three strategic responses to overcome barriers to growth: values-based decision-making, leveraging social mission, and anchoring. 

“By investigating the impact of dual mission on growth, we are able to explore how personal values and institutional barriers impact on operational decisions and business models,” the study concludes. “We find that dual mission impacts on both the type of barrier to growth, such as finance, distribution and human capital, and strategies adopted in response.”

The study is co-authored by Helen Haugh, Associate Professor in Community Enterprise at Cambridge Judge and Research Director of the Business School’s Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation; Iain Andrew Davies at the University of Strathclyde; and Liudmila Chambers from Verisk Maplecroft. 

Another article, co-authored by Helen and Cambridge Judge PhD alumna Dr Marlen de la Chaux (PhD 2013) and published in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Journal, was awarded Best Paper published in 2020 by the journal.

In the paper – entitled “When formal institutions impede entrepreneurship: how and who refugees establish new ventures in the Dadaab refugee camps” – the authors investigate refugee entrepreneurship in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, “a place where humanitarian aid practices and domestic legislation impede entrepreneurship, yet hundreds of new ventures have been established by refugees.” 

“We explain how entrepreneurs strategically maintain rather than overcome institutional misalignment for venture creation,” the study says. “Second, we show how self-determination, rather than mere subsistence or necessity, is an important yet often overlooked motivator for entrepreneurship in low and lower middle-income contexts.”