Title: What drives social entrepreneurial appraisal among hearing-impaired individuals?

Authors: Michael Jasniak; Tatiana Ermakova; Ronny Baierl; Jantje Halberstadt

Addresses: Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany ' Business and Public Sector Information Systems, University of Potsdam, Germany ' Center for Interdisciplinary Education, HTW Dresden, Germany ' Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Abstract: Involvement of disadvantaged individuals into entrepreneurship facilitates their social integration into mainstream societies. The present study addresses the drivers of social entrepreneurial appraisal among hearing-impaired individuals within a unique social minority environment. In prior research, social appraisal was empirically shown to determine social entrepreneurial intention. Adopting the theory of planned behaviour, this study investigates the impact of entrepreneurial self-efficacy, general social support and perceived barriers on social entrepreneurial appraisal. Based on a survey with 221 respondents, our results demonstrate that social entrepreneurial appraisal of hearing-impaired individuals result from their entrepreneurial self-efficacy and general social support. In terms of taking advantage of social opportunities, importance should be given to the role of entrepreneurial education and heterogeneous networks across minorities.

Keywords: social entrepreneurial appraisal; social entrepreneurship; social minority entrepreneurship; hearing-impaired individuals; disabled minority sample.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.092734

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2018 Vol.10 No.2, pp.236 - 255

Accepted: 09 Nov 2017
Published online: 13 Jun 2018 *

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