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Social Entrepreneurship - The Contribution of Individual Entrepreneurs to Sustainable Development

19 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2005  

Christian Seelos

Stanford PACS

Johanna Mair

University of Navarra - IESE Business School

Abstract

Social entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that has resisted attempts to establish a clear definition. A focus on organizational structures and/or what constitutes a worthy social cause has created a diverse set of terminology. Observing the positive social impact of entrepreneurs catering to basic needs, this paper recognizes their unique role in efficiently contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals. From this perspective, the term social can be much better defined. The frameworks proposed in this paper should guide much-needed further research and facilitate decision making about more focused support from a financial as well as a learning perspective.

Keywords: Social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, value creation, needs

Suggested Citation

Seelos, Christian and Mair, Johanna, Social Entrepreneurship - The Contribution of Individual Entrepreneurs to Sustainable Development. IESE Business School Working Paper No. 553. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=701181 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.701181

Christian Seelos (Contact Author)

Stanford PACS ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Johanna Mair

University of Navarra - IESE Business School ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain
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