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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Social Entrepreneurship

The “New Kid” on the University Block
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From Volume 38 Number 4 | July–September 2010
By Angela Lewellyn Jones, Beth Warner, Pamela M. Kiser
Planning Types: Academic Planning

With a renewed interest in finding innovative solutions to various social issues and problems both at home and around the world, university students are seeking the opportunity to build entrepreneurial skill sets and learn how to apply them for the common good. Despite the student excitement surrounding this topic, considerable confusion persists around what exactly social entrepreneurship is and where its most suitable academic home should be. This article explores the variety of definitions of social entrepreneurship and the arguments regarding its academic home; it suggests a conceptualization of social entrepreneurship that would situate it broadly in the curriculum rather than limiting it to one disciplinary home.

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