Social Entrepreneurship: rethinking theoretical assumptions


  • Monika Golonka
  • Anna Rychlik


Słowa kluczowe:

Aristotle, intellectual-volitional faculties, realism, social entrepreneurship, teleology, virtues


Most of the Social Entrepreneurship (SE) literature derives its theoretical assumptions from the field of entrepreneurship in general, and more broadly, from modern economic theory. However, some thinkers notice significant gaps in existing theory and try to conceptualise SE incorporating some missing elements. In this theoretical paper, we explain the origins of contemporary SE concepts, analyse the significant contemporary SE works of leading thinkers and their theoretical assumptions. We also specify major shortcomings in existing concepts and demonstrate the possibility of filling gaps by realism, especially Aristotle’s philosophy. His distinctive realist view of human beings, including entrepreneurs, and his broader view on economics allows us to understand the essential nature of entrepreneurship, providing unique insights regarding the intellectual-volitional faculties of the social entrepreneur.

Biogramy autorów

Monika Golonka

Monika Golonka, PhD habilited. Author’s research interests revolve around areas of organization, realism, autonomy and freedom in creative and intellectual work.

Anna Rychlik

Anna Rychlik, PhD. Author’s research interests revolve around areas of organization, realism, autonomy and freedom in creative and intellectual work.


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Golonka, M., & Rychlik, A. . (2021). Social Entrepreneurship: rethinking theoretical assumptions. Przedsiębiorczość - Edukacja, 17(2), 82–91.