Social Entrepreneurship in Non-Profit and Profit Sectors

Volume 36 of the series International Studies in Entrepreneurship pp 9-29


Social Entrepreneurship and Institutional Factors: A Literature Review

  • David UrbanoAffiliated withBusiness, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Email author 
  • , Elisabeth FerriAffiliated withBusiness, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • , Marta Peris-OrtizAffiliated withDepartamento de Organización de Empresas, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • , Sebastian AparicioAffiliated withBusiness, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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During recent decades, the interest of academia and policy-makers in social entrepreneurship has been increasing, due to its impact on social and economic development. The main objective of this chapter is to explore the content and methodology used in social entrepreneurship research focusing on the institutional economics perspective. The literature review was based on articles published in top journals, especially those included in the Web of Science. The main findings suggest that social entrepreneurship literature has tended to focus describing experiences of the most popular social entrepreneurs, their personal characteristics and their key success factors. Additionally, the vast majority of the literature is classified as conceptual research. Likewise, empirical research is characterized by the use of case study methodology. The study has both theoretical (for the development of the literature in the social entrepreneurship field) and empirical implications.


Social entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurial activity Institutional factors Literature review