Social Entrepreneurship and Its Competences: Implications for Higher Education

Sue Rossano, Thomas Baaken, Balzhan Orazbayeva, Marieke C. Baaken, Bert Kiel, Gideon Johannes Pieter Maas

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Entrepreneurship needs a vision and leadership skills to accomplish it and a motivation to build something new, which will develop and sustain it. And society needs social entrepreneurs, contributing to a new organization of the welfare system, while making a difference and helping each other. The central theme in the existing social entrepreneurship literature is the pursuit of a social mission or objective. Thus, social entrepreneurs play a role as reformers and revolutionaries, who are intending to solve social problems, and not being answered by governmental policies. Entrepreneurial thinking and acting as well as innovation driving managers is a need for society. However, it is not the organization but the people, united by a proactive and market-driven culture, that are innovative and which combine to populate and to equip the organization with the required competencies. The chapter proposes a methodology to analyze the competencies that should be fostered by higher education programs to provide graduates with the desired competencies for entrepreneurship and driving innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Anthology on Approaches to Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781668475942
ISBN (Print)9781668475935
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2022


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