An investigation of marketing capabilities and social enterprise performance in the UK and Japan

Gordon Liu, Teck-Yong Eng, Sachiko Takeda

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The purpose of this article is to extend the existing research on the relationship between eight different types of marketing capability and social enterprise performance. More specifically, we examine third-sector organizations that have transformed their traditional business model to become more business-like social enterprises and how these marketing capabilities influence the success of this transformation in both the UK and Japan. We identify, among other things, that not all marketing capabilities are positively associated with social enterprise performance. These findings challenge the conventional wisdom that market-driven organizations must develop all types of marketing capability. We suggest that social entrepreneurs should develop their marketing capabilities selectively according to their specific performance objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-298
Number of pages32
JournalEntrepreneurship, Theory and Practice
Issue number2
Early online date7 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015



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