Quotation Andersson, Frederik, Willems, Jurgen. 2018. “I Say Tomato . . .”: A Nonprofit Practitioner Perspective of the Meaning(s) of Social Entrepreneurship. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 8 (3), 289-304.




What is the meaning of social entrepreneurship? This question is still a source of confusion and frustration for many scholars, educators, and students. In this research note, we seek to grasp the meaning of social entrepreneurship by examining statements from more than 300 nonprofit managers. Using a mixed-method analysis, we outline three lenses through which educators and students can comprehend social entrepreneurship: output, behavioral, and contextual. We test whether this framing is related to self-evaluation of social entrepreneurship. We discuss and elaborate our findings by contrasting respondents’ quotes with the social entrepreneurship literature. This article does not provide definitive answers, but rather provides a useful starting point for educators and students to begin to comprehend the different perceptions that frame the meanings of social entrepreneurship.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership
Language English
Title “I Say Tomato . . .”: A Nonprofit Practitioner Perspective of the Meaning(s) of Social Entrepreneurship
Volume 8
Number 3
Year 2018
Page from 289
Page to 304
Reviewed? Y
URL https://js.sagamorepub.com/jnel/article/view/8811
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2018-V8-I3-8811
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Andersson, Frederik (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, United States/USA)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5345 Social economy (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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