Social entrepreneurship : an exploratory citation analysis

Kraus, Sascha and Filser, Matthias and O'Dwyer, Michele and Shaw, Eleanor (2013) Social entrepreneurship : an exploratory citation analysis. Review of Managerial Science, 7 (2). ISSN 1863-6683 (

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Research on Social Entrepreneurship became a growing field of interest during the past decades. However, as the heterogeneity of investigated topics is rather large the purpose of this contribution is to provide an overview of the current state of research on Social Entrepreneurship. In doing so previous research is structured to identify major contributions and thereby key discussion lines within this field. Based on a bibliometric citation analysis of 129 core papers and 5,228 cited references, five topic clusters are identified within the field of Social Entrepreneurship: 1) Definitions and conceptual approaches, 2) Impetus, 3) Personality, 4) Impact and performance, and 5) Future research agenda. By reflecting the literature of each discussion line, a framework for the advancement of Social Entrepreneurship research is provided.