Introduction to Part III — Understanding the Strategy, Structure and Outcomes in Social Ventures
In early 2005, one of my doctoral students and I completed an initial scan of the published academic papers and working papers on the topic of ‘social entrepreneurship’ (SE) between 1990 and 2004. We found nine papers that had been published in peer-reviewed journals and five working papers. This might not be a problem for a fledging research area if the nine papers were influential. Unfortunately, it was painfully clear to us once we reviewed the papers that there was a lack of theory building being done in the area of SE during this time period. Furthermore, we believed that too much was being made of definitions and not enough effort was devoted to exploring the phenomenon as a means toward becoming more definitive.
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