What Do We Know About Social Entrepreneurship: An Analysis of Empirical Research

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Brigitte Hoogendoorn

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Enrico Pennings

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: January 2010 6,

Abstract

Despite the growing attention to social entrepreneurship as a scholarly field of research, it is still in a stage of infancy. Research in the past two decades has been primarily dedicated to establishing a conceptual foundation, which has resulted in a considerable stream of conceptual papers. Empirical articles have gradually appeared since the turn of the century. Although they are still outnumbered by conceptual articles, empirical articles are of considerable significance for the evolution of social entrepreneurship as a field of scientific inquiry. The purpose of this paper is to gauge the current state of empirical research in the field by reviewing 31 empirical research studies on social entrepreneurship, classifying them along four dimensions and summarising research findings for each of these dimensions. To serve this purpose in a meaningful fashion requires discriminating between different perspectives on social entrepreneurship. Hence, four different schools of thought are presented, and the articles in our sample are classified accordingly.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, definition, empirical research, school of thought

JEL Classification: M13, O32, M

Suggested Citation

Hoogendoorn, Brigitte and Pennings, Enrico and Thurik, Roy, What Do We Know About Social Entrepreneurship: An Analysis of Empirical Research (January 2010 6,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2009-044-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1462018

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