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Working Formula For Tackling Large-Scale Poverty

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Tackling large-scale poverty is daunting. What can one small organization do? Yet despite the seemingly endless nature of the task, key opportunities do exist for entrepreneurial companies, say IESE professors Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair in their working paper, "Organizational Mechanisms of Inclusive Growth: A Critical Realist Perspective on Scaling." The challenges are considerable but so are the attractions: huge demand, no competition to speak of, and a comparatively stable environment. The companies who can best harness this opportunity are those that can match a strong organizational structure - including the appropriate controls - to the resources available to them.

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