Studying social entrepreneurship and enterprise

Paton, Rob (2006). Studying social entrepreneurship and enterprise. In: Entrepreneurship outside enterprise, 22 Sep 2006, Warwick University.


The valency of the label entrepreneur in new contexts reflects the cultural influence of business values in society as well as policy pre-occupations with change, innovation and renewal in public services. The question of course is whether and in what ways this is a helpful metaphor.

... what follows is an argument for extending the concept and study of entrepreneurship into social enterprise contexts (which I will define as hybrid organizations), but not to the point where it becomes a purely metaphorical usage.

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