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Corporations’ Social Responsibility And Social Entrepreneurship


  • Sorin Blaga

    (University of Newcastle, School of Business, NSW, Australia)

  • Oana Adriana Gica

    (Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Management, Romania)


This paper analyzes the corporations’ and social enterprises’ way of delivering social value.Scholarly research considers these concepts as somewhat related; even there is no clear-cut definition of these concepts and in the corporate and academic world persists uncertainty over how these concepts should be defined. This paper aims to identify similarities and differences that may exist in the meaning of corporations’ social responsibility (CSR) and social entrepreneurship (SE),the manner it is operationalised and how social value is delivered, cluttering existing literature on CSR) and SE. The paper demonstrates that both concepts have a positive influence on the business environment and society at large. The present research finds out that the fundamental differences rest on the way the two organisational forms are using their profit. Both deliver “social good” but SE is leading the process of social value creation.

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  • Sorin Blaga & Oana Adriana Gica, 2019. "Corporations’ Social Responsibility And Social Entrepreneurship," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 14(4), pages 17-31, december.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:14:y:2019:i:4:p:17-31

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