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Module 4 - Social Entrepreneur - competency and role

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 entrepreneur
  • Describe content of social entrepreneur competencies


  • Recognize differencies and similarities between „entrepreneur” and „social entrepreneur” and their actions and main goals.
  • Capable to recognize social entrepreneur competencies in varies contexts and examples.

Module objectives and aims

Module list of content

  1. Definition of "Social entrepreneur" concept.
  2. Definition and structure of “competence” (knowledge + skills + attitudes).
  3. Main competences, needed for social entrepreneur.
  4. Areas and ways of actions in society for social entrepreneurs (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 entrepreneur case.


Entrepreneur, Social entrepreneur, Competence, Entrepreneurial competence,



  1. Abu-Saifan, S. (2012). Social Entrepreneurship: Definition and Boundaries. Technology Innovation Management Review.
  2. Bessant J., Tidd J. (2007). Innovation and entrepreneurship. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
  3. Dees J.G. (2001). The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship".
  4. Deakins D., Freel M. (2009). Entrepreneurship and small firms. 5th ed. McGraw Hill education.
  5. 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.
  6. Martin R.L and Osberg S. (2007). Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  7. Ravindra K.J. (2011). Entrepreneurial Competencies: A meta analysis and comprehensive conceptualization for future research. Vision.

Further reading