21 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2005
Social entrepreneurship, as a practice and a field for scholarly investigation, provides a unique opportunity to challenge, question, and rethink concepts and assumptions from different fields of management and business research. This paper puts forward a view of social entrepreneurship as a process that catalyzes social change and/or addresses important social needs in a way that is not dominated by direct financial benefits for the entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurship is seen as differing from other forms of entrepreneurship in the relatively higher priority given to promoting social value and development versus capturing economic value. To stimulate future research the authors introduce the concept of embeddedness as a nexus between theoretical perspectives for the study of social entrepreneurship. Different research methodologies and their implications are discussed.
Keywords: social entrepreneurship, opportunities
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Mair, Johanna and Marti Lanuza, Ignasi, Social Entrepreneurship Reserach: a Source of Explanation, Prediction and Delight. IESE Business School Working Paper No. 546. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=673446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.673446
By Johanna Mair
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