Empathic social enterprise: the role of empathy and shared intentionality

Frederick A Seddon, Richard Hazenberg, Simon Denny

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Abstract

Research conducted with the UKs first professional symphony orchestra cooperative provides evidence and insight into how empathy and shared intentionality impacted upon their cooperative governance. Individual semi-structured interviews, conducted with 36 of the orchestral musicians, were analysed and four themes emerged from the data, which were interpreted as: ‘empathy’, ‘shared intentionality’, ‘provide and preserve’, and ‘cooperative governance’. Findings of the research indicate that performing arts groups such as symphony orchestras can be social enterprises. The paper examines the relationship between empathy and social enterprise. Empathy is presented as a multidimensional moral and psychological concept. New concepts of ‘external’ and ‘internal’ empathy are also proposed in relation to social enterprises and their beneficiaries. Empathy and social enterprise leadership is explored and implications for business leadership education are discussed. Finally, a new model for the definition of a social enterprise based upon the intersection of high-levels of innovation and entrepreneurship and empathy and shared intentionality is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2014
EventInternational Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) 11th International Conference: Civil Society and the Citizen - University of Muenster, Germany
Duration: 25 Jul 2014 → …
http://www.istr.org/?Muenster

Conference

ConferenceInternational Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) 11th International Conference: Civil Society and the Citizen
Period25/07/14 → …
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