Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Theoretical Perspectives on Individual and Institutional Social Entrepreneurship

This paper represents an initial step to frame and situate the potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of social entrepreneurship activity into a theoretical perspective including both individual and institutional levels of analysis. Organizational sector boundaries are blurring and thus, social entrepreneurs work in community development, NGOs, non-profit organizations, social ventures, private foundations, and socially-conscient business firms. Social entrepreneurs calculate triple bottom line measurements for financial gain, environmental protection, and social and community benefits. For mission-directed social projects to succeed on a large scale, ventures must be initiated, sustained, and rapidly grown.