n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Antecedents to social entrepreneurship intentions : an empirical study in South Africa




Scholarly interest in social entrepreneurship is increasing as researchers realise that entrepreneurship has not only an economic component but also a social component. Moreover, social entrepreneurship has direct relevance for South Africa, which is beset with many social concerns. In this study, several key variables are proposed as important antecedents to social entrepreneurial intentions. Based on a survey of 249 respondents, the results reveal that three factors account for the greatest amount of variance towards explaining intentions. These were: achievement, moral judgement and empathy, and self-efficacy. By specifying which antecedents are associated with social entrepreneurship intentions, a contribution is made that allows educators and curriculum designers to develop skill-building exercises and activities that focus on the social contribution of entrepreneurship.


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