Introduction: The Need for a Dynamic Theory on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Arvind AshtaEmail author


Ashta argues that a combination of high-speed technological change and inequalities is leading to an increase in social entrepreneurship, which in turn drives research in social entrepreneurship. However, research in this disciplinary field of social entrepreneurship is young, definitional, largely case-based and static. To make social entrepreneurship research more dynamic, Ashta proposes using the life cycle concept. He demonstrates that the overlap between research on microfinance sector and social entrepreneurship theory is surprisingly small, indicating that researchers have been treating these as distinct fields although there should be considerable overlaps. This book takes elements of the research in social entrepreneurship discipline, microfinance industry and the life cycle concept to extend Ashta’s previous work on building a realistic theory of social entrepreneurship.


Social entrepreneur Social enterprise For-profit Not-for-profit Microfinance Life cycle 


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  1. 1.CERENBurgundy School of BusinessDijonFrance

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