Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business

An Introduction and Discussion with Case Studies

  • Christine K. Volkmann
  • Kim Oliver Tokarski
  • Kati Ernst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. The Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christine K. Volkmann, Kim Oliver Tokarski, Kati Ernst
      Pages 3-30
    3. Benjamin Huybrechts, Alex Nicholls
      Pages 31-48
  3. The People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Heike Schirmer, Heather Cameron
      Pages 83-101
  4. The Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Susan Müller
      Pages 105-131
    3. Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl, Ann-Kristin Achleitner
      Pages 157-173
    4. Johanna Mair, Shuchi Sharma
      Pages 175-189
    5. Andreas Heinecke, Judith Mayer
      Pages 191-209
  5. The Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Marc Grünhagen, Holger Berg
      Pages 213-234
    3. Pascal Dey, Chris Steyaert
      Pages 255-275
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 19-19

About this book


This compilation offers students a comprehensive overview of the field of social
entrepreneurship. Leading European researchers and lecturers such as Ann-Kristin
Achleitner, Markus Beckmann, Heather Cameron, Pascal Dey, Andreas Heinecke,
Benjamin Huybrechts, Alex Nicholls, Johanna Mair, Susan Müller and Chris Steyaert
have contributed to this textbook.

- The Field: Background, Characteristics, Definitions, Drivers, Challenges
- The People: Personality of Social Entrepreneurs, Human Resource Management,
Volunteer Motivation, Collaborations and Partnerships
- The Business: Business Models, Marketing, Financing, Performance Measurement,
Scaling Strategies
- The Market: Social Entrepreneurship in the Market System, Impact, Critical Reflections

Target Groups
Students and lecturers of Business and Economics, in particular those with a focus
on social entrepreneurship in Master of Science, Bachelor and MBA programs
Social entrepreneurs and organizations supporting social entrepreneurs

Prof. Dr. Christine K. Volkmann is head of the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Economic
Development at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University
of Wuppertal, Germany, and holds the UNESCO Chair of Entrepreneurship
and Intercultural Management.
Prof. Dr. Kim Oliver Tokarski is a Professor of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
as well as head of the Competence Centre on Corporate Business
Development at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.
Dr. Kati Ernst is a management consultant based in Berlin, Germany.


Entrepreneurship Human Resource Management Social Businesss Social Entrepreneurship social entrepreneur social impact social value creation

Editors and affiliations

  • Christine K. Volkmann
    • 1
  • Kim Oliver Tokarski
    • 2
  • Kati Ernst
    • 3
  1. 1.Schumpeter School of Business & EconomicUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  2. 2.Section Business an AdministrationBern University of Applied SciencesBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Schumpeter School of Business & EconomicUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012
  • Publisher Name Gabler Verlag
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8349-2729-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8349-7093-0
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