The Relationship Between Entrepreneurship and the Social Sciences

A wide range of disciplines contribute to the study of entrepreneurship, including economics (incentives, markets) and management (opportunity, process) as well as sociology (influence norms, influence), psychology (motivation and biases), the study of anthropology (history, culture), and law. This range of disciplines suggests that it is both an activity and a phenomenon.

The concept of entrepreneurship is elusive and this ambiguity has been reflected in the definitions that scholars have developed for it. Many have adopted Schumpeterian entrepreneurial theories that are dynamic that define it as the capacity of an individual to identify opportunities to create new companies. Others have highlighted the importance of entrepreneurial activities in larger communities or organizations. Others have restricted the definition to self-employed people and small business owners.

Whichever definition you choose there is a consensus that entrepreneurship is essential for economic development and wellbeing because it is associated with job creation and productivity growth. It also aids in economic growth. Social entrepreneurs are also crucial contributing members of society by providing solutions to social problems.

There is an increasing interest in incorporating this idea into entrepreneurship education. Researchers have begun to study the idea. However there is a deficiency of empirical research about the impact of social entrepreneurship in higher education, and an urgent need to better understand what students learn from this kind of course. This article addresses this gap through an analysis of students’ learning experiences in a social entrepreneurship course that is offered at a University in Pakistan.

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