What Makes the Difference Between Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs? a Pop up Discourse.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:31
Location: Hörsaal 18 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Davinia PALOMARES-MONTERO, University of Valencia, Spain
Maria Jose CHISVERT-TARAZONA, University of Valencia, Spain
Jose SANCHEZ-SANTAMARIA, University of Castilla la-Mancha, Spain
In the last decade, several governments are taking an active role as promoters of entrepreneurship. They have seen the value in entrepreneurial initiatives for enhancing economy development in turn of new professional careers. However, the idea of entrepreneurship cannot be limited to achieving economic benefit or alternatives to salaried employment (Mars and Rios-Aguilar 2010). There must be a commitment to create social impact. The perspective of social entrepreneurship is essential in order to have a deeper understanding and for establishing training programs adjusted to it at University. However, teaching social entrepreneurship is different from teaching business competences and it is necessary to identify which types of competences are closer to each approach. In both cases, the definition is open. There is no finite and comprehensive depiction of these phenomena and no clear understanding of social entrepreneurship (Mair and Martí 2006) and its related competences. Definitions of entrepreneurship are often tailored to fit specific purposes. The aim of this paper is to investigate how social entrepreneur people express themselves about being social entrepreneur (underlying conceptions). Thus, we should be able to identify which are the most relevant competences for being a social entrepreneur person, as well as to detect which of them clearly differentiate between being entrepreneur and being social entrepreneur, despite the absence of consensus on this topic. The Delphi technique to collect some evidences on consensus among panel of experts is carried out. The participants are people who have initiated a business or social project or who are willing with the topic in their professional career with in-depth knowledge or experience of entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship. To sum up, this paper tries to contribute directly to both theory and practice by providing a list of prioritized competences to characterize entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.