In Research


Year: 2019
Published in: Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Cited as: Yitzhak Dahan (2020), Strategy, local sociology, political philosophy: Analysis of strategy of Non‐Governmental Organizations under radical intellectual leadership, Nonprofit Management and Leadership


Social entrepreneurship has a long history of practice worldwide. However, the concept has become widely popular among researchers over the last two decades. Despite this popularity, less is known about the process, which leads to becoming a social entrepreneur. Barendsen and Gardner’s study shows that many social entrepreneurs have traumatic experience in their early lives; however, there are no supporting studies investigating the impact of the background of founders on the founding decision of their entities. Because of that we utilized the models of theory of planned behavior as well as the concept of imprinting to explain the process that leads to entrepreneurial behavior. The purpose of our study is to investigate the life stories of some Turkish social entrepreneurs, and to explore which factors in these people’s backgrounds may have contributed to their decisions to establish their foundations.


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Institutions selecting social entrepreneurs to provide support to them may consider the main dimensions that we propose while interviewing the candidates; and measure the relevant characteristics, values, and motivations of the candidates. Such tests may be useful to detect candidates’ authenticity, grit, level of felt responsibility, and commitment. These characteristics of founders may in turn support the sustainability of the social enterprises.

Future Research

Future studies should:
1) Use larger samples, different types of social organizations, and social entrepreneurs not included in the well-known lists are necessary to confirm our results and to add to the
generalizability of our findings.
2) Consider the relationships between our three main antecedents and other dimensions, and between other dimensions and factors that lead to intention.
3) Consider the impact of the antecedents of becoming a social entrepreneur on developmental levels or vice versa.
4) Analyzing social organizations from other countries would provide an opportunity to compare the characteristics of cases in different cultures, and the impact of context on such cases.