Qualitative Research in Social Entrepreneurship: A Critique

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


Social entrepreneurship is multi-disciplinary area of scholarly enquiry. Being a new area of research, this is yet to emerge fully. Scholars have been studying cases in search of concepts to explain social entrepreneurship. Attempts have also been made to theorise the phenomenon and to develop theories thereof. Hence, it is obvious that research on social entrepreneurship in the last decades has been mostly qualitative and case study based and the scholars have been mostly focusing on developing concepts to explain functions and processes while reporting the impact. Case studies have also been used to explain similarities and differences between social and commercial entrepreneurship. Qualitative research provides strength to unfold the concepts and allows enormous possibilities to open up new dimensions. In this chapter, critique on case study method of qualitative research provided us the way to present different phenomenon to theorise which eventually would provide sound basis to construct theory on social entrepreneurship.


Case study Case study method Social entrepreneurship Themes in social entrepreneurship research Theory building 


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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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