Corporate Social Entrepreneurship

Oekologisches Wirtschaften, No. 2, 2009

5 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2009 Last revised: 21 Jul 2014

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James E. Austin

Harvard Business School

Ezequiel A. Reficco

University of Los Andes

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Date Written: June 30, 2009


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Corporate Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) is a process aimed at enabling business to develop more advanced and powerful forms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSE emerges from and builds on three other conceptual frameworks: entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship. The fundamental purpose of CSE is to accelerate companies’ organizational transformation into more powerful generators of societal betterment.

Keywords: social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship

Suggested Citation

Austin, James E. and Reficco, Ezequiel A., Corporate Social Entrepreneurship (June 30, 2009). Oekologisches Wirtschaften, No. 2, 2009. Available at SSRN:

James E. Austin

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Ezequiel A. Reficco (Contact Author)

University of Los Andes ( email )


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