On the boundaries of social entrepreneurship: a review of relationships with related research domains

  • Jason Lortie
  • Kevin C. Cox


Social entrepreneurship represents a unique and distinctive domain within the broader discipline of entrepreneurship research. The sub-field of social entrepreneurship also shares many commonalities with various sub-fields of larger fields of research such as corporate social responsibility, base of pyramid, non-profit management, social innovation, and impact investing. Understanding the boundaries of social entrepreneurship as well as its relations to these other areas of research is increasingly important as these sub-fields continue to evolve. We provide a clear and concise delineation of social entrepreneurship as a research domain to aid future researchers attempting to understand how social entrepreneurship connects to these other streams of research. Finally, we conclude by outlining research questions that exist at the boundaries of social entrepreneurship and these related sub-fields of research.


Social entrepreneurship Corporate social responsibility Base of pyramid Non-profit management Social innovation Impact investing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lutgert College of BusinessFlorida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.Management Programs DepartmentFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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