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Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Review

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

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Hazel Lee

Abby Ghobadian

Peter James
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management


© The Author(s) 2014. 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.


Phillips, W., Lee, H., Ghobadian, A., O'Regan, N., & James, P. (2015). Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Review. Group and Organization Management, 40(3), 428-461.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 15, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2016
Journal Group and Organization Management
Print ISSN 1059-6011
Electronic ISSN 1552-3993
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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