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Predictors of Social Entrepreneurship Success: A Cross-national Analysis of Antecedent Factors

Predictors of Social Entrepreneurship Success: A Cross-national Analysis of Antecedent Factors AbstractEven though the practice of social entrepreneurship has a long history, the field has only begun to gain academic attention in the past few decades. However, most of the literature to date focuses on theoretical and conceptual issues, and there continues to be a paucity of empirical work in this discipline. Using the number of social entrepreneurs in a country as a proxy for prevalence of the phenomenon is a strong predictor – the validity of the results was confirmed using two reputable databases of social entrepreneurs, i.e., the Ashoka and Schwab Foundations. Furthermore, the components of national-level attitudes for general entrepreneurship, i.e., perceived opportunity, no fear of failing, and aspirations of new technology, were found to be positively correlated with social entrepreneurship at the country level. Yet, national-level attitudes for networking and opportunities for start-ups, generally correlated with general entrepreneurship, were negatively correlated with social entrepreneurship. We also discuss the implications of our findings and discuss their consequences as well as suggestions for future research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Entrepreneurship Taylor & Francis

Predictors of Social Entrepreneurship Success: A Cross-national Analysis of Antecedent Factors

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1942-0684
eISSN
1942-0676
DOI
10.1080/19420676.2013.820783
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Abstract

AbstractEven though the practice of social entrepreneurship has a long history, the field has only begun to gain academic attention in the past few decades. However, most of the literature to date focuses on theoretical and conceptual issues, and there continues to be a paucity of empirical work in this discipline. Using the number of social entrepreneurs in a country as a proxy for prevalence of the phenomenon is a strong predictor – the validity of the results was confirmed using two reputable databases of social entrepreneurs, i.e., the Ashoka and Schwab Foundations. Furthermore, the components of national-level attitudes for general entrepreneurship, i.e., perceived opportunity, no fear of failing, and aspirations of new technology, were found to be positively correlated with social entrepreneurship at the country level. Yet, national-level attitudes for networking and opportunities for start-ups, generally correlated with general entrepreneurship, were negatively correlated with social entrepreneurship. We also discuss the implications of our findings and discuss their consequences as well as suggestions for future research.

Journal

Journal of Social EntrepreneurshipTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2014

Keywords: Social entrepreneurship success; cross-national analysis; antecedent factors

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