Social Entrepreneurship Research: Past Achievements and Future Promises

Bocconi University Management Research Paper No. 15

Forthcoming in Journal of Management

49 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2019

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Tina Saebi

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Strategy and Management

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Stefan Linder

ESSEC Business School

Date Written: July 12, 2018

Abstract

The past decade has witnessed a surge of research interest in social entrepreneurship (SE). This has resulted in important insights concerning the role of SE in fostering inclusive growth and institutional change. However, the rapid growth of SE research, the emerging nature of the literature, and the fact that SE builds on different disciplines and fields (e.g., entrepreneurship, sociology, economics, ethics), has led to a rather fragmented literature without dominant frameworks. This situation risks leading to a duplication of efforts and hampers cumulative knowledge growth. Drawing on 395 peer-reviewed articles on SE, we 1) identify gaps in SE research on three levels of analysis (i.e., individual, organizational, institutional), 2) proffer an integrative multi-stage, multilevel framework, and 3) discuss promising avenues for further research on SE.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, social venture, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, social value, literature review, theory, multilevel

Suggested Citation

Saebi, Tina and Foss, Nicolai J. and Linder, Stefan, Social Entrepreneurship Research: Past Achievements and Future Promises (July 12, 2018). Bocconi University Management Research Paper No. 15, Forthcoming in Journal of Management, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3329190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3329190

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Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

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Stefan Linder

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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