Strat. Entrepreneurship J., 3: 161–194 (2009)
Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/sej.69
RESEARCH IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PAST
CONTRIBUTIONS AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
JEREMY C. SHORT,* TODD W. MOSS, and G. T. LUMPKIN
Rawls College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University, Lubbock,
Social entrepreneurship has been a topic of academic inquiry for nearly 20 years, yet relatively little scholarly output has appeared in mainstream management and entrepreneurship journals. Our review of this literature reveals that conceptual articles outnumber empirical studies, and empirical efforts often lack formal hypotheses and rigorous methods. These ﬁndings suggest that social entrepreneurship research remains in an embryonic state. Future research would beneﬁt from the incorporation of multivariate methods to complement the case study techniques that have dominated previous efforts. Our review also suggests that social entrepreneurship is informed by common areas of interest to management scholars like entrepreneurship, public/nonproﬁt management, and social issues, all of which represent fruitful venues for future research efforts. Therefore, we recommend that scholars embrace key themes in strategic entrepreneurship and frame their research using established theories, such as contingency theory, creation theory, discovery theory, innovation diffusion theory, resource dependence theory, and other theoretical bases relevant to strategic entrepreneurship research.
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Understanding the process of new value creation is central to the ﬁeld of entrepreneurship (Alvarez and
Barney, 2007). Extending this value creation logic to the realm of social entrepreneurship has led to an emerging research stream of interest to researchers and scholars in management, strategic management,