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

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

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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.

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  • Zahra, Shaker A. & Gedajlovic, Eric & Neubaum, Donald O. & Shulman, Joel M., 2009. "A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 519-532, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:24:y:2009:i:5:p:519-532
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    Social entrepreneurship Social wealth Entrepreneurial search process Typologies Ethics;

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