Critical Reflections on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Pascal Dey
  • Chris Steyaert


Learning goals

Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to accomplish the following:
  • Understand that the euphoria surrounding social entrepreneurship marks a severe hindrance for the advancement of knowledge.

  • Comprehend that critique represents an affirmative means for extending the knowledge of social entrepreneurship beyond the confines imposed by common sense and ideology.

  • Recognize the difference inherent in critical approaches of social entrepreneurship.

  • Understand the distinct paradigmatic and theoretical contribution each type of critique makes to the field of social entrepreneurship.

  • Acknowledge that the critique of social entrepreneurship is never completed and that retaining the imaginative and radical potential of social entrepreneurship presupposes institutionalising critique as an on-going task.

  • Draw from linguistic approaches to get immersed in critically reflecting iconic texts of social entrepreneurship.


Social Enterprise Critical Reflection Social Entrepreneurship Nonprofit Sector Social Entrepreneur 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Dey
    • 1
  • Chris Steyaert
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St. GallenSt. GallenGermany

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