Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

social entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership

Major

Business Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine qualifications, characteristics, successes and motivations among leading social entrepreneurs in not-for-profit or for-profit organizations. Based on an interview guide developed by Dr. Juanie Walker and Heet Ghodasara, Ghodasara conducted interviews with 20 leaders of social entrepreneurship/innovation strategically located in Washington, D.C. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts revealed traits of successful organizations and individuals supported by provocative quotes. Themes of successful organizations include system disruptions, mutual investment, broad network and founder obsolescence. Individual themes include traits such as self efficacy, humility, grit and perseverance as well as imperatives to Get Dirty but Clean up Well and Stay in Your own Swim Lane. The results of the findings are presented in a written and electronic newsletter useful to practitioners, academics, and those aspiring to navigate the growing field of social entrepreneurship.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Juanie Walker

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Location

Waves Cafeteria

Start Date

29-3-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

29-3-2019 3:00 PM

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Traits and Trends of Social Entrepreneurship/ Innovation Leaders

Waves Cafeteria

The purpose of this study was to examine qualifications, characteristics, successes and motivations among leading social entrepreneurs in not-for-profit or for-profit organizations. Based on an interview guide developed by Dr. Juanie Walker and Heet Ghodasara, Ghodasara conducted interviews with 20 leaders of social entrepreneurship/innovation strategically located in Washington, D.C. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts revealed traits of successful organizations and individuals supported by provocative quotes. Themes of successful organizations include system disruptions, mutual investment, broad network and founder obsolescence. Individual themes include traits such as self efficacy, humility, grit and perseverance as well as imperatives to Get Dirty but Clean up Well and Stay in Your own Swim Lane. The results of the findings are presented in a written and electronic newsletter useful to practitioners, academics, and those aspiring to navigate the growing field of social entrepreneurship.