Proceedings of The 13th International Conference on Modern Research in Management, Economics and Accounting
Social Entrepreneurship Awareness in SME Clusters: A qualitative research in OSTiM Industrial Zone of Turkey
Begüm Şahin PhD. Doğuş Yüksel, Bora Öç, Seray Yeşilırmak
Social entrepreneurship activities are carried out by voluntary individuals, non-profit institutions, NGOs and even profit-oriented companies. Social entrepreneurs may derive from the current ecosystems when it is focused on a societal problem. There are seven sectoral clusters operating in seven different sectors in the OSTİM Organized Industrial Zone, which is Turkey’s largest small and medium-sized industrial production area. These clusters have similar characteristics of NGOs. They perform as the leading actors of the ecosystem and try to carry out activities to increase the national and international competitiveness of their member SMEs. In this study, qualitative research will be carried out with the semi-structured interview technique in order to reveal the awareness of these clusters towards social entrepreneurship. Their behavior is important to be the leading actor for their members in social entrepreneurship phenomenon. The results obtained will be analyzed with ethnographic content analysis using the QDA Miner program, and thus it will be revealed whether the clusters have social entrepreneurship awareness and social entrepreneurship culture.
keywords: Awareness; Clusters; Culture; Social Entrepreneurship; Qualitative Research.