ABSTRACTSOCIAL ENTREPRENUERSHIP: REVOLUTIONIZING SOCIAL CHANGE EFFORTS BYIMPLEMENTING BUSINESS STRATEGIESHolly Joy White-WolfeSan Francisco State UniversityFall Semester, 2007
The purpose of this project is to explore the quickly growing, new business sector of SocialEntrepreneurship, which is bringing contemporary business strategies to the non-profit and government sectors. Themethods used to explore the topic include a literature review of text books, journal articles, and trade websites, aswell as a case study of the County of Sonoma’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program’s social changeendeavor.Universities, foundations, text book authors and other practitioners offer various definitions for the term“social entrepreneur”. This paper establishes a summary definition:
A social entrepreneur exhibits the traditional characteristics of an entrepreneur such as vision, resourcefulness, and persistence but has the unique aim of measurably transforming social problems and propelling sustainable social change
. Social Entrepreneurs aretransforming social change efforts through applying entrepreneurial skills and other business principles. While theterm “social entrepreneurship” is often assigned to an array of social change efforts, this paper affirms:
successful social entrepreneurship initiatives feature
innovative solutions to social problems that generate funding or other resources to sustain its efforts and ultimately transform social systems.
Social Entrepreneurship innovations engage marginalized or impacted groups through one of threeapproaches: building capacity, disseminating packages, or creating movements. These initiatives fundamentallychange economic, political, and cultural contexts and transform social problems. Social Entrepreneurs havetremendous potential for revolutionizing social change efforts, and governments and nonprofits across the globe canachieve greater impact on social problems by aligning with these change leaders.
I certify that the Abstract is a correct representation of the contents of this research project._______________________________________ _____________________John Dopp, Professor, Management (Date)