Social Entrepreneurship: Definitions, Drivers, and Challenges

Huybrechts, Benjamin and Nicholls, Alex (2012) Social Entrepreneurship: Definitions, Drivers, and Challenges. In: Volkmann, Christine, Tokarski, Kim and Ernst, Kati, (eds.) Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business: An Introduction and Discussion with Case Studies. Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden, pp. 31-48. ISBN 978-3834927293

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Despite widespread acknowledgement that social entrepreneurship and social enterprise remain highly contextual –and, therefore, contestable– notions which can be interpreted in various ways depending on the ideology and the goals of the institutions championing them (Dart 2004; Dey & Steyaert 2010; Nicholls 2010c), there are common features upon which most scholars and commentators can agree. This chapter aims to capture the essence of what social entrepreneurship is and also of what it is not. The chapter is structured as follows. The following section examines the concept of social entrepreneurship and reviews a number of definitions in order to highlight common features. Then, social entrepreneurship is compared with, and differentiated from, related –but distinctive– concepts. After this, the fourth section looks at the origins and drivers of social entrepreneurship in an historical perspective. Finally, this chapter concludes by suggesting a number of challenges for practice, policy and research in this field.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Social entrepreneurship; Social enterprise
Subject(s): Social entrepreneurship
Centre: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 19:50
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 11:43

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