Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics: Understanding the Contribution and Normative Ambivalence of Purpose-driven Venturing, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics

Understanding the Contribution and Normative Ambivalence of Purpose-driven Venturing, 1st Edition

By Anica Zeyen, Markus Beckmann


254 pages

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Social entrepreneurs are change makers that aim to solve society’s unsolved problems. Not surprisingly, social entrepreneurship has thus created high expectations. To better understand the potential as well as the limitations of social entrepreneurship, however, a more nuanced approach is needed in two ways.

First, social entrepreneurship is a multi-level phenomenon. It spans macro-level questions as well as meso-level questions and, finally, micro-level questions. If we really want to understand social entrepreneurship, we need to bring together all three levels of analysis and see how they are connected.

Second, while social entrepreneurship can certainly produce socially desirable outcomes, we also need a critical perspective to capture potential undesirable effects that social entrepreneurship can cause, often unintendedly, in society, in markets, in organizations, and for individuals. To this end, an ethical perspective can help complement the positive analysis of social entrepreneurship with a discussion of the normative implications of its potential "dark side".

Looking at social entrepreneurship from both a multi-level analysis and an ethical perspective, Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics takes the reader on a journey through the "bright side" as well as the potential "dark side" of social entrepreneurship for societies, organizations, and individuals. Highlighting both, this book not only seeks to provoke researchers and students to advance their understanding of social entrepreneurship. It also hopes to help practitioners to better realize the positive contributions of social entrepreneurship for society.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – Why Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics?

Part I: Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics – The Foundations

Chapter 2: What is Social Entrepreneurship (not)?

Chapter 3: Refining our Ethical Perspective on the Light and Shadows in Social Entrepreneurship: The Concept of Normative Ambivalence

Part II: Society, Economy and Social entrepreneurship – A Macro perspective

Chapter 4: The Societal Function of Social Entrepreneurship – Innovating in the Voids between Market and State

Chapter 5: From Informal Economies to Welfare States: Social Entrepreneurship in Different Macro-level Contexts

Part III: Social Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Management – A Meso Perspective

Chapter 6: Social Mission and Hybrid Resources: Business Models in Social Entrepreneurship

Chapter 7: Measuring Impact – Blessing or Curse?

Chapter 8: Scaling Social Ventures – Growing the Limits or Limiting Growth?

Part IV: Social Entrepreneurship and the Micro-Level

Chapter 9: Social Mission, Agency, and Calling – The Impact on Individuals within and around Social Ventures

Chapter 10: Personality Traits, Abilities, and Intention: Can Mission-driven Venturing be Taught?

Chapter 11: Narratives, Hagiographies, and Future Perspectives

About the Authors

Dr. Anica Zeyen is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy and Sustainability at the Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS) at Royal Holloway University of London, UK.

Prof. Markus Beckmann is Chair of Corporate Sustainability Management at the School of Business and Economics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Entrepreneurship

This series extends the meaning and scope of entrepreneurship by capturing new research and enquiry on economic, social, cultural and personal value creation. Entrepreneurship as value creation represents the endeavours of innovative people and organisations in creative environments that open up opportunities for developing new products, new services, new firms and new forms of policy making in different environments seeking sustainable economic growth and social development. In setting this objective the series includes books which cover a diverse range of conceptual, empirical and scholarly topics that both inform the field and push the boundaries of entrepreneurship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development