The social entrepreneur puzzle: the background, personality and motivation of Israeli social entrepreneurs

Hilla Cohen, Oshrit Kaspi-Baruch, Hagai Katz

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Abstract

This study compares the personality, motivation and leadership background of 104 Israeli social entrepreneurs and 85 business entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs are higher in extraversion and openness to experience, lower in managerial personality characteristics, and more driven by ideology rather than by capital gains. Social entrepreneurs also have stronger early ideological and leadership training. Multiple regression analysis reveals that a relatively robust and persistent set of internal psychological drivers prompt a search for specific experiences that are related to leadership roles and social change orientations, including social entrepreneurship and the relevant leading experiences in adolescence and young adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-231
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social Entrepreneurship
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 May 2019

Keywords

  • Social entrepreneurs
  • business entrepreneurs
  • leadership
  • motivation
  • personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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