Social Enterprise and Sustainability: A Theoretically Grounded Approach to Strategy Development

By Tony Kandaiya and Meena Chavan.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This practitioner paper explores the future direction of “Partners in Micro-Development Inc.” (PIMD), a small, volunteer based non-profit organisation (NPO) working in education in underserved communities in Sri Lanka. Issues of sustainability and changing government policies within a post-conflict context are driving the need to re-evaluate the current business model and develop a new entrepreneurial and collaborative strategy. Informed by the literature on theories supporting the economics of NPOs, social entrepreneurship, and NPO sustainability, this paper integrates the literature into a conceptual framework for NPO sustainability and proposes a methodology for developing a strategy and business model to achieve financial sustainability for PIMD.

Keywords: Non-profit, Social Enterprise, Sustainability, Post-conflict

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.55-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.242MB).

Tony Kandaiya

President, Partners in Micro-development Inc., Sydney, NSW, Australia

Tony Kandaiya is President of a volunteer based non-profit organisation, PIMD, working in education and information technology in remote communities in developing countries. He holds a Masters in Business (e-Business and Communication).

Dr. Meena Chavan

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Meena Chavan, PhD (International Business) is a senior lecturer in International Business & Strategic Management at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her research interests are in the area of International business, cross cultural management and Entrepreneurship. She is an advocate & practitioner of experiential learning.