All of the authors contributed equally to this research; authors’ names are listed alphabetically.
Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both?
Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2006
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 1–22, January 2006
How to Cite
Austin, J., Stevenson, H. and Wei-Skillern, J. (2006), Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both?. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 30: 1–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2006.00107.x
- Issue online: 5 JAN 2006
- Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2006
Entrepreneurship has been the engine propelling much of the growth of the business sector as well as a driving force behind the rapid expansion of the social sector. This article offers a comparative analysis of commercial and social entrepreneurship using a prevailing analytical model from commercial entrepreneurship. The analysis highlights key similarities and differences between these two forms of entrepreneurship and presents a framework on how to approach the social entrepreneurial process more systematically and effectively. We explore the implications of this analysis of social entrepreneurship for both practitioners and researchers.