Exploring the value of social entrepreneurship seen as economic and social innovation driver in the private sector

- Oana-Maria Fotea, M.Sc.

A review of online literature refers to an important number of relevant examples about Social Entrepreneurship. Basic papers shed new light on some ideas, taking into account the role of individual creativity and, among others, social networks, all put in the context of becoming an entrepreneur. The examples are associated with surviving the most important, critical first years, naturally both in urban and rural areas. Nowadays, creativity has a huge impact on start-ups in urban areas; it is a place where the environment is even more supportive and competitive. The rule does not apply in rural areas. It is generally known that creativity does not increase the chances of being successful. But we all know that the purpose of social networks in rural areas is to create stronger ties and to increase the number of supporting institutions. Scientists write about the so called “birth of social entrepreneurship”; the term evokes the needs, as well as opportunities and perceived necessities. Current theories that fit in entrepreneurship research lean towards addressing the entrepreneurial venture’s capacity to explore, rec­ognise, and exploit all possible opportunities. There are even voices that claim that social entrepreneurial ventures provide results and actions in response to the needs of the society. However, the research conducted over time has shown the relevance of the notion of “perceived necessities” and “mobilizing human capital; also, in an industrial environment, social capital has a huge impact on the possibility of obtaining high level of results when it comes to entrepreneurial actions”. Entrepreneurship, within its basic meaning, is well known as a critical enabling driver for entire business enterprises and, in addition, for the economic growth of numerous nations. As a result, promoting entrepreneurship has become an important concern among scientists, academic scholars and business practitioners. Each scientific area has a promise, at least an objective. According to some researches, capitalism can be re-defined by social innovation and social entrepreneurship. A successful enterprise becomes a new model for the society. It comes with a social reform, looking for the greatest happiness among the greatest number of people involved.

Oana-Maria Fotea (m. Nica), Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania – Ph.D. student. She graduated a MS in International Marketing and a MA in Communication and Brand Management. During this time she won an Erasmus scholarship at University of Lower Silesia, in Wroclaw, Poland. She had been working as a journalist for PRO TV Magazin, the most important TV guide in Romania. Since 2014 she has been managing marketing activities for a Romania based company. Currently she is working on a doctoral thesis concerning social entrepreneurship as an economic driver in the private sector. In 2015 she won a PhD scholarship within POSDRU program and went to an international mobility at Kozminski University, in Warsaw, Poland. With a strong academic orientation, she is interested in social entrepreneurship, business development, reading, flower design, creative writing and foreign languages.

DOI: 10.14611/minib.17.03.2015.08

Kontakt: fotea.oana(at)gmail.com

MINIB, 2015, Vol. 17, Issue 3

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