The Relationship Between Entrepreneurship and the Social Sciences

The study of entrepreneurship is influenced by a broad range of disciplines including sociology (influence and norms) psychology, anthropology, psychology and culture, history, and law. The diversity of these disciplines proves that entrepreneurship is an actual phenomenon and a process.

The concept of entrepreneurship is elusive and this ambiguity has been evident in the definitions researchers have created for it. Many have adopted the Schumpeterian dynamic definition of entrepreneurship, which defines it as the ability to seize opportunities and develop new ventures. Others have stressed the importance of entrepreneurial activities in larger communities or organizations. Others have restricted the definition to self-employed people and small-scale business owners.

Regardless of the definition that one chooses to endorse, it is widely recognized that entrepreneurship is critical for economic development and well-being. It has been linked with the creation of jobs, productivity gains, and economic growth. In addition, social entrepreneurs are important social actors as they introduce solutions to societal problems.

There is a growing interest in incorporating social entrepreneurship into the entrepreneurship education and several researchers are beginning to research this idea. There is a lack of research that has been conducted on the subject of social entrepreneurialism and higher education, and it is important to know the lessons students are taking from this type of course. This article focuses on this topic through an examination of students’ experience taking a course in Social Enterprise at an University in Pakistan.

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