Social Entrepreneurship: a poorly recognised element of Entrepreneurship Education at HE institutions



Słowa kluczowe:

case study, entrepreneurship education, higher education institutions, social entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship education


Entrepreneurship has become a critical competency in the 21st century. Higher education (HE) institutions, aware of the need to answer market needs, have started several initiatives to develop entrepreneurial education. However, the concept of social entrepreneurship does not seem to be widely known among graduates. The aim of the article is an attempt to assess entrepreneurial competencies and knowledge in the field of social entrepreneurship. The authors have focused on the teaching of social entrepreneurship, an undervalued element of entrepreneurial education in HE institutions. For that purpose, a case study of a course introduced at the academic level was used, which allowed answering the following questions: Is social entrepreneurship known among students as a possibility for entrepreneurial development? How do they assess a course in social entrepreneurship regarding its usefulness and ability to develop competencies? The study shows that social entrepreneurship seems to be a form that is not well recognised, which means that students do not even have the chance to know the whole entrepreneurship picture. Researwch has shown students’ positive approach to a course devoted to social entrepreneurship and its potential to develop the knowledge and skills to run one’s venture in the future. The results are a part of a broader trend related to the need for social entrepreneurship in HE institutions.

Biogramy autorów

Janusz Reichel - University of Lodz

Janusz Reichel, dr hab., associate professor, University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, Dept. of City and Regional Management. Dr hab. Janusz Reichel has been a lecturer at the University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, since 2004. He deals with the issues of business ethics, social and environmental responsibility and strategic management in organisations from various sectors (with particular emphasis on business and non-governmental organisations). As a team member and project manager, he has participated in national and international educational and research projects. He has participated in many project-granting procedures as an expert evaluator. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Center for Social Innovation of the University of Lodz. On behalf of the University of Lodz, he participates in the work of the Technical Committee for social responsibility in the Polish Committee for Standardization. He is involved in cooperation with the non-governmental organisation sector.

Agata Rudnicka - University of Lodz

Agata Rudnicka, PhD, assistant professor, University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, Department of Logistics. Agata Rudnicka has 14 years of experience in teaching, research and business consulting. Her main fields of interest include sustainable development and social responsibility of organisations. She also focuses on social entrepreneurship and is one of Poland’s 25 Leaders of Sustainability (Wom‑ en Forbes List 2021). She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Center for Social Innovation of the University of Lodz, a member of Program Council of the Center for Sustainable Development Studies at the Faculty of Management, and a member of the Team for climate and environmental policy at the University of Lodz. Former Rector’s plenipotentiary for university social responsibility (04.2018–09.2020), she is a certified business trainer, project manager, and mediator.

Błażej Socha - Uniwersytet Łódzki

Błażej Socha, PhD, assistant professor, University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, Department of Corporate Finance Management. Błażej Socha has been a lecturer at the University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, since 2012. His academic areas of interest are financial management, family firms, and corporate social responsibility. He is a coach in numerous training programs on value‑based management and financial management, a project manager and team member of national and interna‑ tional projects related to sustainable development and social economy and certified project manager.


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Reichel, J., Rudnicka, A., & Socha, B. (2022). Social Entrepreneurship: a poorly recognised element of Entrepreneurship Education at HE institutions. Przedsiębiorczość - Edukacja, 18(1), 118–130.