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Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Fundamentals, Concepts, and Tools


About this book


Social entrepreneurship and social innovation both seek to improve the world through social change. Whereas social entrepreneurship revolves around the business side of change, social innovation focuses on the processes through which that change is generated. This textbook provides a comprehensive analysis of both topics, covering all the characteristics and elements of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, from a conceptual and practical perspective.

The book has four sections: 1) Basics and concepts of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship; 2) Business models and generation of value in social enterprises; 3) Social innovation within traditional companies, and 4) Definition and alignment of the impact of social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students and any practitioners that want to know about social innovation or social entrepreneurship will be exposed to contemporary topics in the field as well as a variety of cases and tools for its development. With its learning objectives, reflective questions, the definition of key concepts, and exercises, this book is the definitive text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.


social innovation social entrepreneurship social impact social business social intrapreneur social entrepreneur corporate social responsibility CSR Sustainable Development Goals SDGs

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MonterreyMonterreyMexico

About the authors

Luis Portales is a research professor at the University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico, where he directs the Center for Wellbeing Studies and is the co-founder of the Social Transformation Lab, an initiative aimed at generating and strengthening social innovations of young Mexicans. He has carried out several social impact assessments and documentation of social development processes for municipal governments, non-profit organizations, and companies. He is a member of the National Research System (CONACYT). His research interests are social innovation and social entrepreneurship, social capital, social responsibility and sustainability, development, and poverty. He has served as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Universidad Anahuac, and different national and international companies.  He has collaborated with UNDP and the OAS in the implementation of various research projects and entrepreneurship.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Book Subtitle Fundamentals, Concepts, and Tools
  • Authors Luis Portales
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-13455-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-13456-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 28 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entrepreneurship
    Innovation/Technology Management
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