Preferred Name

Eric Korn

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

School of Strategic Leadership Studies

Advisor(s)

Karen A. Ford

William Wales

Abstract

Defined social and conventional entrepreneurs enjoy very different levels of support and educational offerings in the United States and abroad. With the launch of more and more nonprofit organizations being spurred on by the entrepreneur, the extent to which those that seek a distributed bottom line for their intended organization differ from those with economic goals becomes an important line of inquiry.

The study of the entrepreneur began, in many ways, with Schumpeter in that late 1930’s, and the echoes of his economic background remain implicit in the definition of the breed to this day. This work seeks to determine the extent to which the defined social and conventional entrepreneur share a common process, predeliction, and mind set, in an effort to determine if their commonalities warrant generally congruent classification and treatment.

This work examines the extent of congruence through a study of the goal splits, emergence levels by age, and classification rates of antecedent composites of both defined types of entrepreneur. It uncovers interesting similarities that bring about an alternate conceptualization of what it means to be an entrepreneur, and challenges how they should be best educated and incubated.

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