Feeling capable and valued: A prosocial perspective on the link between empathy and social entrepreneurial intentions

Elisa Alt, Sophie Bacq

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Abstract

Empathy is a key trait distinguishing social entrepreneurs from traditional entrepreneurs, and an important antecedent of social entrepreneurial (SE) intentions. Yet, little research explains the mechanisms through which empathy motivates SE intentions. We argue that studying the link between the prosocial trait of empathy and the prosocial outcome of SE intentions requires a prosocial lens that traditional entrepreneurial intent theories cannot offer. Building on prosocial motives research, we propose that empathy explains SE intentions through two complementary mechanisms: self-efficacy (an agentic mechanism), and social worth (a communal mechanism). We find support for our hypotheses in a study of 281 university students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-350
JournalJOURNAL OF BUSINESS VENTURING
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date9 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2018

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