Understanding the process of knowledge spillover: learning to become social enterprises

Wai-Wai Ko, Gordon Liu

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Through analyzing in-depth interview data obtained from representatives of U.K.-based social enterprises, we explore how traditional third-sector organizations acquire entrepreneurial knowledge via knowledge spillover and use this to transform themselves into more market-driven, businesslike social enterprises. An integrated framework for knowledge spillover is developed to highlight the connection with organizational efforts at each stage of the knowledge spillover process; this framework assists organizations in collecting leaked knowledge and turning it into both organizational action and specific social and human capital that can play an important role in facilitating these connections. This research contributes toward our further understanding of the knowledge spillover phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-285
Number of pages23
JournalStrategic Entrepreneurship Journal
Issue number3
Early online date23 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015


  • Sustainability
  • learning
  • knowledge spillovers
  • social enterprise
  • entrepreneurial knowledge
  • knowledge sharing


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