A social affair: identifying motivation of social entrepreneurs
by Inès Gabarret; Benjamin Vedel; Julien Decaillon
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 31, No. 3, 2017

Abstract: Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new object of research and, despite the growing interest it generates in the literature, there is a diversity of definitions and approaches. The objective of this paper is to contributeto the understanding of the motivation of social entrepreneurs by applying the push and pull approach. We study the entrepreneurial motivation of eight social entrepreneurs. The findings suggest that social entrepreneurs are motivated by a combination of both push and pull factors and drivers of motivation are not only at an individual level (personal needs) but also at a social level through the recognition of social needs.

Online publication date:: Sat, 01-Jul-2017

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