A critical appraisal of the social entrepreneurship paradigm in an international setting: a proposed conceptual framework

Sayem Hossain, Abu SALEH, Judy Drennan

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The concept of entrepreneurship embedded in the backdrop of business has been increasingly applied to the context of addressing social problems and sustainability challenges. Known as ‘social entrepreneurship’ the topic has garnered the heightened attention of researchers in recent years. As a nascent stream of research social entrepreneurship is still in the early stages of development. Recent evidence suggests a growing body of scholarly research in this field; however, its conceptualisation remains obscure as it is predominantly dictated by definitional arguments. Consequently, the literature is still anecdotal in trying to unveil different dimensions of social entrepreneurship and its potential benefits that might help to battle sustainability challenges. To bridge the existing gap in social entrepreneurship research this study adopts an inductive content analysis approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-368
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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