Unpacking social entrepreneurship: exploring the definition chaos and its consequences in England

Collavo, Tanja (2018) Unpacking social entrepreneurship: exploring the definition chaos and its consequences in England. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation, 14 (2). pp. 49-82.

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Social entrepreneurship has always been a contested concept, both within the academic discourse and in practice. A lot of scholarly effort has been put in analyzing the different definitions of social entrepreneurship and the negative consequences that the definitional debate has on the opportunity to advance social entrepreneurship as a research field. Very little is known on what are the consequences of the multiple meanings of social entrepreneurship for people working in the sector. This paper advances knowledge on this topic by looking at the social entrepreneurship sector in England and by investigating through qualitative research methods what sector members think about social entrepreneurship and its unclear boundaries. The results show that there are three different conceptions of social entrepreneurship within the sector in England. However, while everyone agrees on the presence of a definitional debate, opinions on what this means for the sector are several. Some members think it is something positive, some others think it is causing different issues and a third group considers it as irrelevant.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social entrepreneurship; definitions; social enterprises; social entrepreneurs; England
Subject(s): Social entrepreneurship
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 16:26
Funders: not applicable
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/6824

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