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Social entrepreneurship vs. traditional entrepreneurship

In our lat­est research that appeared in the Jour­nal of Social Entre­pre­neur­ship, Chan­tal Har­tog (Panteia/EIM Busi­ness and Pol­icy Research, The Nether­lands), Brigitte Hoogen­doorn (Eras­mus Uni­ver­sity, The Nether­lands) and myself explored the dif­fer­ences between social and com­mer­cial entre­pre­neur­ship from an orga­ni­za­tional per­spec­tive. Indeed, the con­cur­rent social and finan­cial value cre­ation is likely to result from inno­v­a­tive busi­ness mod­els and sus­tain­abil­ity strate­gies that might dif­fer from com­mer­cial ones. How­ever, empir­i­cal stud­ies to date have tended to focus on a given set of (usu­ally suc­cess­ful) social entre­pre­neurs and omit con­trol groups. Indeed, despite grow­ing atten­tion and recog­ni­tion of the social entre­pre­neur­ship phe­nom­e­non, the related research field is still in its infancy, char­ac­ter­ized by a mod­est base for the­ory build­ing and test­ing pur­poses and a lim­ited num­ber of empir­i­cal stud­ies, mostly designed as case studies.

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