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A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges

Shaker A. Zahra, Eric Gedajlovic, Donald O. Neubaum and Joel M. Shulman

Journal of Business Venturing, 2009, vol. 24, issue 5, pages 519-532

Abstract: Social entrepreneurship has been the subject of considerable interest in the literature. This stems from its importance in addressing social problems and enriching communities and societies. In this article, we define social entrepreneurship; discuss its contributions to creating social wealth; offer a typology of entrepreneurs' search processes that lead to the discovery of opportunities for creating social ventures; and articulate the major ethical concerns social entrepreneurs might encounter. We conclude by outlining implications for entrepreneurs and advancing an agenda for future research, especially the ethics of social entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Social; entrepreneurship; Social; wealth; Entrepreneurial; search; process; Typologies; Ethics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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