Abstract

Social entrepreneurs are important change agents addressing social needs not met by governmental policies and actions (Roper & Cheney, 2005). The expansive growth of social entrepreneurship creates the need for a better understanding of the characteristics and motivations of social entrepreneurs, including opportunity recognition and development processes. We focus on social bricoleurs who address small-scale local social needs, typically, for disadvantaged groups that have limited capacity to help themselves. We examine social bricoleurs in different contexts and cultures, focusing on motivations and the way in which they make association between their past (childhood), present and future actions.

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