Definition of Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurship involves using business practices (e.g., return on investment, promotion, selling goods or services) to solve problems within the community. A social enterprise focuses on charitable goals. Although many social enterprises are for-profit businesses, they may also be non-profits or a non-governmental organization that use business practices to deliver societally beneficial results.
- Landrum, Nancy E. and Kim Hinrichs. 2000. Entrepreneurship, Commercial Activities, and Nonprofit Social Services: Seeking Profits in a Nonprofit World. United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference Proceedings
Modules & Cases
- Huhmann, Bruce. 2012. Nonprofits, Foundations, and Social Entrepreneurship and Teaching Notes
TOMS Shoes. Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, spoke at the 2010 Innoventure Competition held by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. No password required to watch these videos.
- Dees, J. Gregory, Jed Emerson, and Peter Economy. 2001. Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs, John Wiley and Sons
- Neck, Heidi, Candida Brush, and Elaine Allen. 2008. The landscape of social entrepreneurship. Business Horizons 52, no. 1: 13-19
- Zahraa, Shaker A., Eric Gedajlovic, Donald O. Neubaum, and Joel M. Shulman. 2009. A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges. Journal of Business Venturing 24, no. 5: 519-532