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Module 2 - Social entrepreneurship: Theory, Field and responsibility

Social Entrepreneurship
Innovative thinking
Problem solving

Learning outcomes

After studying this topic, the participant will know/ will be able to:


  • Identify and describe the basic concepts of social entrepreneurship


  • Recognize differences and similarities between „entrepreneurship” and „social entrepreneurship”.
  • Capable to recognize other forms of social activities and compare them with „Social entrepreneurship”.

Module objectives and aims

The aim of this module is – to study theoretical and practical aspects of social entrepreneurship concept and process.

Module list of content

  1. Development of "Social entrepreneurship" concept.
  2. Shift from “Entrepreneurship” to “Social entrepreneurship”.
  3. Comparison of “Social entrepreneurship” with others forms of social activism.
  4. Challenges in social entrepreneurship.
  5. Examples of social entrepreneurship (cases analysis).

Key competences covered

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate with others, to share the work, to take responsibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop in a group work and his public oral presentation of the chosen real social entrepreneurship case.


Entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneurship, Social activism



  1. Abu-Saifan, S. (2012). Social Entrepreneurship: Definition and Boundaries. Technology Innovation Management Review.
  2. Dees J.G. (2001). The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship".
  3. Leadbeater, C. (1997). The rise of the social entrepreneur, DEMOS, London.
  4. Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs: Unlocking entrepreneurial capabilities to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century. A Report of the Global Education Education Initiative. World Economic Forum, 2009.
  5. Martin R.L and Osberg S. (2007). Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  6. Peredo, A. and McLean, M. (2006). Social entrepreneurship: a critical review of the concept. Journal of world business, vol. 41.

Further reading