Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics: Does Social Equal Ethical?

Elizabeth Chell, Laura Spence, Francesco Perrini, Jared Harris

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This editorial to the special issue addresses the often overlooked question of the ethical nature of social enterprises. The emerging social entrepreneurship literature has previously been dominated by enthusiasts who fail to critique the social enterprise, focusing instead on its distinction from economic entrepreneurship and potential in solving social problems. In this respect we have found through the work presented herein that the relation between social entrepreneurship and ethics needs to be problematized. Further we find that a range of conceptual lenses and methodological approaches are valuable as the social entrepreneurship field matures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-625
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number14
Early online date20 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • social entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics

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