Who are the Social 'Entrepreneurs' and What Do They Actually Do?

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2008

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2008

16 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2009

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Artur Steinerowski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah L. Jack

University of Aberdeen - Business School - Management Studies

Jane Farmer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

There is increasing interest in the social entrepreneur and the process of social entrepreneurship. This has led to criticisms of fuzziness surrounding these concepts. This paper explores the concept of the social entrepreneur, considering whether social entrepreneurs can really be termed "entrepreneurs" or if they are something else - individuals motivated by meeting social objectives to achieve social change. Drawing on structuration theory, we place the agent (a social entrepreneur) in the structure (a social system/the context), arguing that they are engaged in a process of co-constructing the current momentum in social entrepreneurship development.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Steinerowski, Artur and Jack, Sarah L. and Farmer, Jane, Who are the Social 'Entrepreneurs' and What Do They Actually Do?. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2008; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1348129

Artur Steinerowski (Contact Author)

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Sarah L. Jack

University of Aberdeen - Business School - Management Studies ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Jane Farmer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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