Rhetoric, Reality, and Research: Building a Solid Foundation for the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship

By Beth Battle Anderson and J. Gregory Dees

Beth Anderson and Greg Dees raise questions about some of the rhetoric around “earned income strategies” in arguing that the nascent field of social entrepreneurship needs to build a strong foundation of rigorous, yet practically-oriented, research, particularly by engaging business school researchers.

Chapter 7 in Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (Alex Nicholls, ed), Oxford University Press, 2008.