versão impressa ISSN 0123-5923
Since the eighties, entrepreneurship has attracted the interest of business schools because of its role in creating and managing companies, among other reasons. Entrepreneurship is a vast fi eld that involves a range of subjects such as startup financing, the entrepreneurial profi le, corporate entrepreneurship, family businesses, opportunities recognition, training and social entrepreneurship. This review focuses on social entrepreneurship, its structure, importance, characteristics and subjects for future research. It was revised 51 bibliography references, especially articles published in academics journals, related with social entrepreneurship since year 2000 to present. There are different sections dedicated to fundamental aspects. This article not only clarify social entrepreneurship theoretical construct and identify its fundamental characteristics but also illustrates the importance itself for the emerging countries development and its public politics relevance.
Palavras-chave : Social entrepreneurship; social value; economic development.