A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship
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A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship

Edited by Anne de Bruin and Simon Teasdale

In the last two decades social entrepreneurship has grown in energy and impact as entrepreneurial spirit has increasingly turned to finding solutions for social, cultural and environmental issues. As social entrepreneurship has grown in popularity, so too has its academic study. A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship brings together contributions from developing paths in the field to signpost the directions ahead for the study of social entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 15: Hybrid social entrepreneurship in emerging economies – a research agenda

Diane Holt and Bev Meldrum


Across the world enterprise-based activities are seen as important vehicles for addressing a range of social, environmental and economic challenges. Many of these enterprises are considered to be hybrid social enterprises where their business activities support the delivery of their central social and environmental ‘mission’. Countries located in the Global South and emerging economies are seeing an explosion in these types of organisations, often working within the most vulnerable and poorest of communities to address many intractable development challenges. This chapter focuses on the development of a research agenda for such enterprises in these contexts. It begins by introducing some of the specifics of these contexts that potentially differ from developed and Global North contexts. It then introduces some of the overarching macro-level considerations that need to shape this research agenda before presenting some indicative research questions future researchers might like to consider.

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