The Nature of the Social in Social Entrepreneurship: A Conceptual Research to Demarcate the Social From Commercial Entrepreneurship by its Motives of Positive Social Value

Christoph Lütz

Student thesis: Master thesis


Over recent years, social entrepreneurship has gained extensive interest in academic research. This research has lead to a great amount of case studies analyzing the motives, functioning, and impact of both the individual and the enterprise. Nonetheless, there is until today no universally valid definition of the term social entrepreneurship. Because conceptual demarcation reaches from third sector businesses to social mission driven enterprises, recent research questions the legitimacy of social entrepreneurship as an isolated research field. Finding an answer to what the nature of the social in social entrepreneurship is, this analysis traces the history of social entrepreneurship back to its origin and comes to the conclusion, that its less about the entrepreneurial but more about the contextual meaning of societal values that defines the social in social entrepreneurship. Further, the analysis hints to a clearer differentiation between social and cultural entrepreneurship.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages95
SupervisorsRobin Holt