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Social Entrepreneurship and Broader Theories : Shedding New Light on the 'Bigger Picture'

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abstract This article documents the results of a research workshop bringing together six perspectives on social entrepreneurship. The idea was to challenge existing concepts of the economy, the firm, and entrepreneurship in order to shed new light on social entrepreneurship and on our existing theoretical frameworks. The first two contributions use a macro-perspective and discuss the notion of adaptive societies and the tragedies of disharmonization, respectively. Taking a management perspective, the next two focus on the limits of conventional assumptions in management theory, particularly human capital theory and resource-based view. The final two contributions follow an entrepreneurship perspective highlighting the usefulness of mobilization theory and the business model lens to social entrepreneurship. Despite this diversity, all contributions share the fact that they challenge narrow definitions of the unit of analysis in social entrepreneurship; they illustrate the aspect of social embeddedness, and they argue for an open but-disciplined diversity of theories in social entrepreneurship research.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Adaptive efficiency, tragedy of the commons, resource-based view, mobilization theory, business models
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 28-11-2012
journal Journal of Social Entrepreneurship
publisher Routledge (London, UK)
ISSN 1942-0684
ISSN (online) 1942-0676
DOI 10.1080/19420676.2012.725422
volume of journal 4
number of issue 1
page(s) 88-107
review internal review
   
citation Mueller, S. (2012). Social Entrepreneurship and Broader Theories: Shedding New Light on the 'Bigger Picture'. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 4(1), 88-107, DOI:10.1080/19420676.2012.725422.