Introduction: Methodological Issues in Social Entrepreneurship Knowledge and Practice

  • Satyajit MajumdarEmail author
  • Edakkandi Meethal Reji
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


In the last decades, new wave of economic development has become the world order and hence the scholarly attention. The gaps or distortions due to ‘this order’ were also noticed and reported to become a major provocation for searching newer ways for inclusive growth. At the same time, global issues related to climate change and sustainable development were also added to the academic debate. This was felt necessary due to the severity of poverty, hunger and basic health and sanitation-related issues the world over. This search for newer ways of the development was obvious, wherein ‘social entrepreneurship’ provided a new hope.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management and Labour Studies, Centre for Social EntrepreneurshipTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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