Studying the Origins of Social Entrepreneurship: Compassion and the Role of Embedded Agency

Posted: 6 Apr 2014

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Matthew Grimes

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

Jeffery S. McMullen

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Timothy J. Vogus

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Toyah Miller

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Date Written: May 8, 2013

Abstract

Arend's response to our paper furthers the discussion on the origins of social entrepreneurship by suggesting that our focus on the motivational origins of social entrepreneurship is misplaced. We address his critiques by highlighting the fact that the social entrepreneur in our model is an embedded agent. While societal forces may shape the role of social entrepreneur and the scripts associated with social entrepreneurship, our model recognizes that individuals must be motivated to assume that role. In clarifying our approach, we offer an agenda for future research that recognizes the need for a more, not less, comprehensive approach essential to understanding a phenomenon as complex as social entrepreneurship.

Suggested Citation

Grimes, Matthew and McMullen, Jeff and Vogus, Timothy J. and Miller, Toyah, Studying the Origins of Social Entrepreneurship: Compassion and the Role of Embedded Agency (May 8, 2013). Academy of Management Review, March 2013; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-550; Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Research Paper No. 2276072. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276072

Matthew Grimes (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business ( email )

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Indianapolis, IN 47405-1701
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Jeff McMullen

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Timothy J. Vogus

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior ( email )

Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Toyah Miller

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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