Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/97203
Authors: 
Sassmannshausen, Sean Patrick
Volkmann, Christine
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2013-003
Abstract: 
This paper provides an overview on the state of art of research on social entrepreneurship and the establishment of this topic in the academic world. It uses scientometric methods, especially bibliometrics, in measuring the maturity of social entrepreneurship research. The empirical part reveals the increasing number of literature, the institutionalization of social entrepreneurship in seven dimensions, the emergence of thematic clusters, and methodological issue. The paper makes concrete suggestions on how to overcome methodological challenges at the boarder of advanced qualitative and early quantitative research designs. Using Harzing's 'Publish or Perish' software this article furthermore provides a ranking of the 20 most cited academic contributions in social entrepreneurship. Surprisingly, almost half of the most cited papers have not been published in journals but in books, rising doubts on the current (over-)rating of journal publications.
Subjects: 
Social entrepreneurship
bibliometric study
citations
review
organizational establishment
academic institutionalization
development of empirical measurement scales
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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