Social Entrepreneurship Theoretical Work Has Been Static
In this chapter, Ashta introduces the reader to basic elements of social entrepreneurship research. He distinguishes the concept of social entrepreneurship from that of social enterprise and finds that there is a large overlap in research between the two. He introduces the concepts of both fields that would later be used as building blocks. Ashta’s primary contribution in this chapter is to show that research on both social entrepreneurship and social enterprise has been static. He also introduces his initial approach to the realistic theory of social entrepreneurship, which was based only on not-for-profits and was also static. Therefore, he shows there is room for research using a dynamic concept such as the life cycle theory to extend the realistic theory.
KeywordsSocial entrepreneur Social enterprise Stakeholder Value Entrepreneurship Social problem
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