The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship on Societies

  • Markus Beckmann


Learning goals

Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to accomplish the following:
  • Distinguish between an organizational and a societal perspective on social entrepreneurship and social business.

  • Discuss social entrepreneurship as an alternative instrument for solving social problems and addressing social needs.

  • Explain the difference between a static and a dynamic perspective on impact.

  • Compare the contribution of social entrepreneurship with the potential of charitable NGOs and aid, for-profit companies, and government provision.

  • Describe the conditions under which governments, aid, and for-profit markets can best deliver static impact.

  • Explain the dynamic impact of social entrepreneurship for systemic learning.


Public Good Societal Perspective Social Enterprise Social Entrepreneurship Static Impact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Beckmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainability ManagementLeuphana University of LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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