IESE Research Papers
Social entrepreneurship: What are we talking about? A framework for future research
() and Ignasi Marti
Abstract: This paper introduces a framework to guide research and
systematically enhance our understanding of social entrepreneurship.
Drawing from traditional entrepreneurship literature, the paper presents
social entrepreneurial "opportunities" as an important concept to
differentiate social entrepreneurship from other social initiatives as well
as from business entrepreneurship. It also addresses important issues
-level of analysis, methods, and performance measures- that the field will
have to attend to if it is to develop into an independent field of
research. Finally, the paper argues that a dual approach -combining
analytic and systemic thinking- is required to capture the complexity of
Keywords: social entrepreneurship; opportunities; (follow links to similar papers)
16 pages, March 9, 2004
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