Conceptualizing Social Entrepreneurship

Where We Are and How to Move Forward
  • Cecilia GriecoEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Business book series (BRIEFSBUSINESS)


The purpose of this chapter is to outline the concept of social entrepreneurship, describing its origins within the whole phenomenon of social economy. Particular attention is paid to providing an overall vision of the features of this complex concept, and illustrating those elements that are mostly debated in the attempts to draft a generally accepted definition. The differences emerging across countries concerning the concept of social entrepreneurship will also be touched upon. This chapter provides an overview of what social enterprises are and the reason why assessing social impact is highly beneficial for them.


Social entrepreneurship Social economy Non-profit organization Social mission Entrepreneur 


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  1. 1.Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA)RomeItaly

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