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Research outside the field of entrepreneurship has long observed the involvement of super-wealthy entrepreneurs in large-scale philanthropic endeavours, while the world’s media has endowed them with celebrity-like status. However, entrepreneurial philanthropy is largely absent from the entrepreneurship research literature. In this paper, we address this gap both theoretically and empirically. We propose capital theory as an appropriate theoretical lens through which to view contemporary entrepreneurial philanthropy, and present fresh evidence relating to successful, wealthy entrepreneurs involved in significant philanthropic ventures. Our findings highlight the active deployment of a distinctive blend of different forms of capital as a defining feature of entrepreneurial philanthropy, and contribute to emerging discourses regarding the nature of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship as a socio-economic process, and to the sparse empirical analyses on entrepreneurial elites.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Small Business Journal|
|Early online date||1 Dec 2011|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2013|
- entrepreneurial philanthropy
- social capital
- symbolic capital
- cultural capital
- capital theory
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Centre for Charitable Giving & Philanthropy
Shaw, E. & Gordon, J.
ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
23/06/08 → 22/12/13
- 43 Citations
- 1 Article
Identity, storytelling and the philanthropic journeyMaclean, M., Harvey, C., Gordon, J. & Shaw, E., 1 Oct 2015, In: Human Relations. 68, 10, p. 1623-1652 30 p.
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Institue for Smal; Business and Entrepreneurship
Eleanor Shaw (Participant)8 Nov 2012
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