Social Entrepreneurship: From Accounting Analysis to Decision Value

Social Entrepreneurship: From Accounting Analysis to Decision Value

Rute Abreu (Guarda Polytechnic Institute, Portugal), Fátima David (Guarda Polytechnic Institute, Portugal), Liliane Segura (Presbyterian Mackenzie University, Brazil) and Henrique Formigoni (Presbyterian Mackenzie University, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8348-8.ch034


This chapter focuses on the social entrepreneurship, in general, and the social entities, in particular, to promote a detailed accounting analysis for understanding the decision value of the investment, due to the economic impact generated by these entities on the economy. The methodology presents a literature review that will outline the contribution of accounting for Non-For-Profit entities (NFP). Within the main results of the chapter, the demonstrations of the potential benefits of accounting for NFP raise the awareness of the social answers. In addition, the higher level of competition between the private versus public sector and NFP originate important economic distortions that lead to inequitable results. Then, the best assessment, within market dynamics, makes more pressure to the appraisal of the investment decision. Finally, it is necessary to consider that the integration of accounting for NFs implies that society must use entrepreneurship as a resource to regenerate the economy itself.
Chapter Preview


The objective of the social entrepreneurship is to add a new dimension to the role of Accounting analysis for non-for-profit sector entities (NFP), because it emphasis a new generation of social policies promoted by the Portuguese Government, in the last fifteen years, that it has invested extensively on the Network of Social Services and Equipments. As Drucker (1984, pp. 62) argues: business turns a social problem into economic opportunity and economic benefit, into productive capacity, into human competence, into well-paid jobs, and into wealth. On the other hand, Balabanis et al. (1998, pp. 25) defend that in the modern commercial area, companies and their managers are subjected to well publicised pressure to play an increasingly active role in [the welfare of] society. This fundamental problem centred in the field of social entrepreneurship provides the voluntary nature that allows the society and NFP to change their focus of the economic value.

This is particularly problematical as Gallo (2014, pp. 1) argues because acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one. This question leads to the relevance of the social entities where the success strategy model allows defining the decision value of each social answer, such as Ageing Residential Structures and Children in Risk. Indeed, the social entity has become central and continues to raise attention differentiated of the third economic sector (Hall & Arvidson, 2013).

In the Regulation (EU) nº 1291/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 (EU, 2013, pp. 110) was established the Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 (‘Horizon 2020’). This regulation, in the article 5, defines that the general objective of Horizon 2020 is to contribute to building a society and an economy based on knowledge and innovation across the Union, which shall be pursued through three mutually reinforcing priorities dedicated to: Excellent science; Industrial leadership; Societal challenges.

The societal challenges reflects several policy priorities, such as: health, demographic change and well-being; food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy; secure, clean and efficient energy; smart, green and integrated transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (EU, 2013). These are several actual challenges, but this chapter only focused on the challenge on Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

To start to develop the appropriate measure for this challenge, Martin & Osberg (2007) defend that entrepreneurship is based on three pillars: identifying injustices within a stable equilibrium; identifying opportunities created by the status quo that encourages the creation of social value to the business address; and identifying a new state, which resolves, in whole or in part, the effects of an unjust balance. Indeed, any entity could choose a specific type of entrepreneurship, including corporate entrepreneurship that looks for profit or social entrepreneurship that focuses on the non-for-profit (Alvord et al., 2004).

Methodologically, this research relied on a two-track approach. The first takes the form of an editorial review and argument, based on the contribution of accounting analysis for NFP and the literature review of the entrepreneurship topic. The second takes the form of an empirical research supported on programming of investment projects. Thus, this chapter focuses on the social entrepreneurship, in general, and the social entities, in particular, to promote a detailed accounting analysis for understanding the decision value of the investment, due to the economic impact generated by these entities on the economy.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Economic Value: The value that the market places on a good or/and service, representing the maximum amount a customer is willing to pay by the good or/and service.

Social Value: The value of social capital as well as other subjective aspects of the citizens' well-being, such as fight against poverty and unemployment measures.

Terminal Value: The value of an entity’s expected free cash flow beyond the period of explicit, corresponding to the value of an entity for all years beyond which one can reliably project cash flow using the discounted cash flow.

Operational Cash Flow: Cash flow from operating activities.

Investment Cash Flow: Cash flow from investment activities.

Free Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations, minus any capital expenditures necessary to maintain the current growth, such as buildings or equipment.

Present Value: The current value of a future amount of money or flux of cash flows given a specified rate of return, i.e., future amount of money that has been discounted to reflect its current value.

Not-for-Profit Entities: A type of entity that is not operating for the profit of its individual members, i.e., uses extra revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as dividends.

Investment Period: First several years in which partners invest funds. Usually, this period coincides with the time required to recoup the funds expended in the initial investment.

Investment Decision: A determination made by entity's management as where, when, and how much capital will be spent on new investment opportunities.

Complete Chapter List

Search this Book: