Social Entrepreneurship Reserach: a Source of Explanation, Prediction and Delight
University of Navarra - IESE Business School
Ignasi Marti Lanuza
University of Navarra, IESE Business School
IESE Business School Working Paper No. 546
Social entrepreneurship, as a practice and a field for scholarly investigation, provides a unique opportunity to challenge, question, and rethink concepts and assumptions from different fields of management and business research. This paper puts forward a view of social entrepreneurship as a process that catalyzes social change and/or addresses important social needs in a way that is not dominated by direct financial benefits for the entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurship is seen as differing from other forms of entrepreneurship in the relatively higher priority given to promoting social value and development versus capturing economic value. To stimulate future research the authors introduce the concept of embeddedness as a nexus between theoretical perspectives for the study of social entrepreneurship. Different research methodologies and their implications are discussed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: social entrepreneurship, opportunities
Date posted: February 28, 2005
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