The concept of Social Entrepreneurship: an attempt of a consensual definition

  • Rachid BOURJIM Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of fez, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah of Fez, Morocco
  • Mohamed M’HAMEDI Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of fez, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah of Fez, Morocco
Keywords: social entrepreneurship, social and solidarity economy, definitions, social mission

Abstract

The Social Entrepreneurship concept continues to attract the interest of researchers, academics, institutions and research centers, state institutions, economic and social actors, given its positive contributions to both the economy and society. A mixture of definitions of this new concept has been developed over the last twenty years by many researchers, without reaching a consensus.  Nowadays, is it possible to develop a definition of social entrepreneurship that can be used as a reference? This article aims to focus on the efforts made to conceptualise Social Entrepreneurship, and to try to model its components. Our main objective is to identify the most prominent characteristics of social entrepreneurship, in the perspective of developing a universal definition of this concept that is gaining in popularity around the world. Basing on a synthetic presentation of the approaches and historical evolution of social entrepreneurship throughout the world, its characteristics and best definitions by high-ranking authors, together with all the closest notions to social entrepreneurship, We present our conception of social entrepreneurship, based on a set of constitutive elements, which we propose as a ground for research, in order to develop a consensual definition of this concept.

 

 

JEL Classification: L31

Paper type: Theoretical Research 

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Published
2022-06-06
How to Cite
BOURJIM, R., & M’HAMEDI, M. (2022). The concept of Social Entrepreneurship: an attempt of a consensual definition. International Journal of Accounting, Finance, Auditing, Management and Economics, 3(4-1), 446-461. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6613893