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International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing


Special Issue on: "The Future of Social Entrepreneurship"

Guest Editors:
Kim Oliver Tokarski, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Christine K. Volkmann, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Susan Mueller, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

The concept of social entrepreneurship (SE) draws interest from all parts of the globe. Social entrepreneurs around the world address a wide range of societal challenges (Tracey and Phillips 2007) such as poverty, climate change, basic medical treatment, universal education, and women’s rights in an entrepreneurial spirit. In academia, SE is gaining ground as well. It is the central topic for a growing number of articles, books, business school courses and research centres.

Despite its relevance in practice and theory, the field is still in its infancy (Hoogendoorn et al. 2009). SE as a field of research lacks basic theoretical underpinnings (Austin et al. 2006) such as the conceptual understanding of its economic role (Santos 2009). Furthermore, it is limited by an often one-sided narrative approach of describing social entrepreneurs as heroes and SE as a universal remedy for humankind’s most pressing challenges (Dey and Steyaert 2010).

Although a number of authors have made valuable contributions to the conceptual and theoretical advancement of the field (Austin et al. 2006; Mair and Martí 2006; Peredo and McLean 2006) we believe that more theoretical contributions are urgently needed to move academic study of SE out of its “pre-paradigm stage” (Santos 2009: p.4). This special issue aims to focus on theoretical contributions with the potential to bring SE research to the next stage.

Subject Coverage
Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:
  • Meta papers analyzing the status of the field and suggesting future directions for the advancement of SE research
  • Contributions borrowing promising theoretical concepts from other disciplines and applying them to the phenomenon of SE. This might include concepts used in economic, organizational, or behavioural theory
  • Papers describing the space, landscape, or boundaries of SE
  • The role of SE in our market economy
Even though the focus of the issue is on theoretical contributions we also welcome quantitative empirical papers. Interdisciplinary papers that deal with economics, sociology, psychology, etc. would also be appreciated. Papers can discuss the overall phenomenon of SE but can also focus on specific aspects of SE such as opportunity recognition, value creation, or growth. Contributions can also focus on an economic or company level.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 October 2010