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Social innovation and social entrepreneurship: A systematic review

Phillips, Wendy; Lee, Hazel; Ghobadian, Abby; O'Regan, Nicholas; James, Peter


Hazel Lee

Abby Ghobadian

Nicholas O'Regan

Peter James
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) literature suggests CSR initiatives extend beyond meeting the immediate interests of stakeholders of for-profit enterprises, offering the potential to 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, the paper provides collective insights into research linking social innovation with social entrepreneurship, demonstrating growing interest in the area over the last decade. Based on the review findings, 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.


Phillips, W., Lee, H., James, P., Ghobadian, A., & O'Regan, N. (2015). Social innovation and social entrepreneurship: A systematic review. Group and Organization Management, 40(3), 428-461.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Journal Group & Organization Management
Print ISSN 1059-6011
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Pages 428-461
Keywords social entrepreneurship, social innovation, systems of innovation, social innovation systems, systematic literature review
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