What is social entrepreneurship? In, particular, what’s so social about it? Understanding what social entrepreneurship is enables researchers to study the phenomenon and policy-makers to design measures to encourage it. However, such an understanding is lacking partly because there is no universally accepted definition of entrepreneurship as yet. In this paper, we suggest a definition of social entrepreneurship that intuitively accords with what is generally accepted as entrepreneurship and that captures the way in which entrepreneurship may be altruistic. Based on this we provide a taxonomy of social entrepreneurship and identify a number of real cases from Asia illustrating the different forms it could take.
social entrepreneurship, definitions, taxonomy, altruism
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Strategic Management Policy
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources; Humanities
International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
TAN, Wee Liang; WILLIAMS, John N.; and TAN, Teck Meng.
Defining the 'Social' in 'Social Entrepreneurship': Altruism and Entrepreneurship. (2005). International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. 1, (3), 353-365. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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