Community social workers as social entrepreneurs: Lessons from Israel

Hani Nouman, Ram A. Cnaan

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Social entrepreneurship in social work is vital to finding innovative, creative, and long-term solutions to complex and persistent social problems. Among all social workers, community social workers are the ones who are most expected to be innovative and entrepreneurial. This study explored the motivations for engaging in social entrepreneurship, as well as the action strategies adopted by community social workers who successfully implemented social innovations within the social services where they work. Research findings revealed five action strategies that have the potential to promote successful social ventures; a combination of individual and organizational characteristics motivates entrepreneurial behavior in social work.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalInternational Social Work
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Community social workers
  • innovation
  • social entrepreneurship
  • social work
  • welfare services

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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