Social entrepreneurship: theoretical antecedents and empirical analyses of entrepreneurial processes and outcomes

Eleanor Shaw, Sara Carter

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The purpose of this paper is to address the emerging practice of social entrepreneurship by exploring the historical and theoretical antecedents of social enterprise and its contemporary practice. By exploring key theoretical concepts, the paper draws comparisons between 'for-profit' and social entrepreneurs. The paper seeks to discuss the contemporary practice of social entrepreneurship. Discussion of the theory of entrepreneurship and contemporary practice of social entrepreneurs seeks to create a more nuanced view of social entrepreneurship and develop greater theoretical insights into this phenomenon and its recent expansion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-434
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • social entrepreneurship
  • contemporary entrepreneurship
  • financial risk
  • profit
  • social responsibility

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