The Dependent Variables of Social Entrepreneurship Research

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2008

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Reseach 2008

14 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2009 Last revised: 30 Jun 2010

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Todd W. Moss

Texas Tech University

G. T. Lumpkin

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Jeremy Short

Texas Tech University

Abstract

Social entrepreneurship (SE) is defined as a process of social value creation in which resources are combined in new ways to meet social needs, stimulate social change, or create new organizations. This paper shows that 1) diversity in SE construct measurement is presently lacking, 2) the SE literature is characterized by social value creation as a distinguishing dependent variable, and 3) SE research relies on descriptions of individuals and ventures. Using a sample of 87 SE articles, we use content analysis to compare and contrast outcomes and sample categories in SE and commercial entrepreneurship. Few overlaps exist between SE and commercial entrepreneurship in dependent variables and sample categories, providing an abundance of opportunities for future research.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Moss, Todd W. and Lumpkin, G. T. and Short, Jeremy, The Dependent Variables of Social Entrepreneurship Research. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2008; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Reseach 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1348117

Todd W. Moss (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University ( email )

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Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

G. T. Lumpkin

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Jeremy Short

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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