Learning Social Entrepreneurship


Agency has been underexplored within social entrepreneurship education. As a critical factor for self-efficacy, identity, and goal development (Hitlin & Elder, 2007), agency can be understood the ability of individuals to “exert influence” over their lives (Shanahan & Mortimer, 2003). Because agency particularly supports nascent phases of entrepreneur development, there is a significant need for bringing this topic into the discussions of best practices and common understandings of entrepreneurship education practice. This presentation explores the value of agency development for aspiring social entrepreneurs. The audience will learn various forms of agency and their relevance for entrepreneurship teaching and learning, how agency connects to developed areas of research inquiry (e.g., self-efficacy, identity), and how these considerations can be brought into practice.


Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Agency, Identity, Empowerment


2019 Special Focus: "Learning to Make a Social Difference"


Virtual Lightning Talk


  • Stephanie Raible
    • Assistant Professor & Faculty Director, Human Development & Family Sciences/Horn Entrepreneurship, University of Delaware
    • Dr. Stephanie Raible is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware.