Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Review

Wendy Phillips, Hazel Sung-yan Lee, Abby Ghobadian, Nicholas O’Regan, Peter James

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) literature suggests CSR initiatives extend beyond meeting the immediate interests of stakeholders of for-profit enterprises, offering the potential to also enhance performance. Growing disillusionment of for-profit business models has drawn attention to social entrepreneurship and social innovation to ease social issues. Adopting a systematic review of relevant research, the article provides collective insights into research linking social innovation with social entrepreneurship, demonstrating growing interest in the area over the last decade. The past 5 years have seen a surge in attention with particular focus on the role of the entrepreneur, networks, systems, institutions, and cross-sectoral partnerships. Based on the findings of the review, the authors synthesize formerly dispersed fields of research into an analytical framework, signposting a “systems of innovation” approach for future studies of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-461
Number of pages34
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • social entrepreneurship
  • social innovation
  • social innovation systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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