Social Entrepreneurship Education: Is it Achieving the Desired Aims?

27 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2009

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Debbi D. Brock

Porter B. Byrum School of Business, Wingate University

Susan Steiner

The University of Tampa - Department of Management

Date Written: February 16, 2009

Abstract

This study's purpose was to uncover the challenges and best practices in the field of social entrepreneurship. We examined definitions of social entrepreneurship; the most widely used cases, articles and textbooks; and the most popular pedagogical approaches in 107 social entrepreneurship courses. Our findings suggest that faculty have done an excellent job of utilizing powerful pedagogical methods like service learning. In addition, the majority of courses covered opportunity recognition, innovation, acquiring limited resources, measuring social impact and building sustainable business models as core elements of social entrepreneurial activity. The greatest challenge involved teaching students about scaling social innovations.

Suggested Citation

Brock, Debbi D. and Steiner, Susan, Social Entrepreneurship Education: Is it Achieving the Desired Aims? (February 16, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344419 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1344419

Debbi D. Brock (Contact Author)

Porter B. Byrum School of Business, Wingate University ( email )

Wingate, NC 28174
United States

Susan Steiner

The University of Tampa - Department of Management ( email )

United States

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