Realising value in marginal communities: A critical look at institutional voids

Winston Kwon, Rajshree Prakash

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This paper raises questions around the origin, persistence, prevalence and consequences of inequality, that management scholars have tended to take for granted. It is of great and pressing concern that more than half of the world’s population lives under conditions that are regarded as below average under nearly all indicators of economic, financial and physical health, and that business as an institution can and does play a crucial role in both contributing to and rectifying inequality and the social problems that result. Much of this debate however, has laboured under dominant and arguably normative assumptions as to what it means to be ‘underdeveloped’. We argue instead that under certain conditions, these normative assumptions can inhibit efforts to alleviate poverty and indeed, contribute to the creation of inequality. In this paper we critically examine this issue through a case study of the Honey Bee Network, an organization that has worked to improve socio-economic conditions among marginal communities in India through a network of activities that directly challenge our understanding of the causes of and remedies for inequality and poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2016
Event32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 Jul 20169 Jul 2016


Conference32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016


  • sustainability
  • institutional voids
  • india
  • bottom of the pyramid

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