Social Entrepreneurship: Why We Don't Need a New Theory and How We Move Forward From Here

Dacin, Peter A.; Dacin, M. Tina; Matear, Margaret
August 2010
Academy of Management Perspectives;Aug2010, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p37
Academic Journal
We examine the current state of the social entrepreneurship literature, asking what is unique about social entrepreneurship and what avenues create opportunities for the future of the field. After an evaluation of social entrepreneurship definitions and comparison of social entrepreneurship to other forms, we conclude that while it is not a distinct type of entrepreneurship, researchers stand to benefit most from further research on social entrepreneurship as a context in which established types of entrepreneurs operate. We demonstrate these opportunities by describing avenues for further inquiry that emerge when examining valuable assumptions and insights from existing theories inherent in conventional, cultural, and institutional entrepreneurship frameworks and integrating these insights in ways that address the unique phenomena that exist in the context of social entrepreneurship.


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