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Empirical Evidence of ‘Typologies of Social Entreprises’ : A Quantitative Analysis

Christiana Weber, Dietmar Grichnik & Florian Forster

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abstract Social entrepreneurship research is still emerging as an area for academic inquiry. Literature is fragmented and lacking a coherent theoretical framework (Weerawardena & Mort 2006). There is a dominance of qualitative single and multi case analyses based on explorative anecdotal evidence (Mair & Marti 2006), and a lack of quantitative research to confirm or discard propositions/ hypotheses which have been generated qualitatively or conceptually in previous studies. With some exceptions (Weber & Kratzer 2009; Desa 2009), no large scale empirical studies have been conducted in this field so far (Short et al., 2009). Of particular research importance is the attempt to categorize the diverse types of social enterprises. Dees and Anderson (2006) propose a framing of these types along the intersection of two dominant schools of practice and thought: (i) the social enterprise school (see for many John 2006; Neck et al. 2009) and (ii) the social innovation school (see for many Zahra et al. 2009; Martin & Osberg 2007). To our best knowledge, no empirical analysis with our research focus exists.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, cluster analysis, typology, social venture
   
name of conference 14. Interdisziplinäre Jahreskonferenz zur Gründungsforschung (Cologne, Germany)
date of conference 21-10-2010
title of proceedings G-Forum 2010
publisher Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (Bonn)
review double-blind review
   
profile area SoM - Business Innovation
citation Weber, C., Grichnik, D., & Forster, F. (2010). Empirical Evidence of ‘Typologies of Social Entreprises’: A Quantitative Analysis. In G-Forum 2010. Bonn: Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V..