The distinctive skills of social entrepreneurs

Susan Mueller, Liudmila Chambers, Heidi Neck

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Addressing the need to identify distinctive skills for social entrepreneurs, we conducted an exploratory, qualitative study based on interviews with social entrepreneurs. We identified seven skills, three out of which have not been previously mentioned by entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship scholars. These skills include an ability to induce behavioral change and educate target groups; co-creation with multiple stakeholders; and developing solutions that aim to address the root cause of a social problem. Based on these findings, we provide recommendations for further research, as well as how the identified skills can be taught in experiential learning format.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-334
JournalJournal of Enterprising Culture
Issue number03
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013


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