Organizational Engagement With Poverty: A Review and Reorientation

Vivek Soundararajan, Sreevas Srinivasan, Mike Rogerson, Hari Bapuji, Laura J. Spence, Jason Shaw

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Recognizing the potential contributions businesses can make to address the grand challenge of global poverty, management scholars have increasingly turned research attention to poverty. We conducted an integrative review of poverty studies in the organizational literature spanning from 1985 to 2022. Based on the review, we clarify poverty as a significant lack of market-oriented resources, opportunities, and capabilities. Further, we develop a framework that captures the ways in which organizational practices offer the poor, or deprive them of, resources, opportunities, and capabilities, and thereby contribute to poverty alleviation or aggravation respectively. Moreover, our framework identifies the necessary support conditions for an organization to effectively combat poverty. We conclude by proposing a research agenda aimed at advancing management scholarship on poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-41
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Management
Early online date26 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2024

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