Who are the social entrepreneurs and what do they actually do?

Artur Steinerowski, Sarah Jack, Jane Farmer

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There is increasing interest in the social entrepreneur and the process of social entrepreneurship. This has led to criticisms of fuzziness surrounding these concepts. This paper explores the concept of the social entrepreneur, considering whether social entrepreneurs can really be termed “entrepreneurs” or if they are something else - individuals motivated by meeting social objectives to achieve social change. Drawing on structuration theory, we place the agent (a social entrepreneur) in the structure (a social system/the context), arguing that they are engaged in a process of co-constructing the current momentum in social entrepreneurship development.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages17
JournalFrontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • social entrepreneurs
  • small businesses


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