The Entrepreneurship of the Good Samaritan: A Development Framework to Understand Social Entrepreneurship Using Insights from Qualitative Study

40 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006

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Nachiket Bhawe

North Carolina State University - Poole College of Management

Vishal K. Gupta

University of Alabama - Department of Management

Trilok Kumar Jain

Manipal University, Jaipur, India

Date Written: June 29, 2006

Abstract

Traditional theories of entrepreneurship have been about risk-oriented profit-seeking individuals who identify market opportunities and exploit them to earn profits. Though useful to understand a large part of entrepreneurial activities in modern economies, the focus on profit as the underlying motive of entrepreneurs is not helpful in understanding the activities of social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurship refers to the creation of viable socio-economic structures, relations, institutions, organizations and practices that yield and sustain social benefits (Fowler, 2000). Extant entrepreneurship research offers little guidance to understand the motivations, mechanisms and outcomes that are central to social entrepreneurship. In this paper, we attempt to advance understanding in this area by developing a framework that is grounded in the theory of prosocial behavior and validated by field observations of social entrepreneurs in Western India. This framework of social entrepreneurship developed from grounded theory methods such as semi structured interviews and document analysis with social entrepreneurs from nine pioneering social organizations incorporates both behavioral as well as situational factors.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, new social organizations, non-profit management

Suggested Citation

Bhawe, Nachiket and Gupta, Vishal K. and Jain, Trilok Kumar, The Entrepreneurship of the Good Samaritan: A Development Framework to Understand Social Entrepreneurship Using Insights from Qualitative Study (June 29, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.902685

Nachiket Bhawe (Contact Author)

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Vishal K. Gupta

University of Alabama - Department of Management ( email )

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Trilok Kumar Jain

Manipal University, Jaipur, India ( email )

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Jaipur, RI 302012
India

HOME PAGE: http://www.jaipur.manipal.edu

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