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Narrating career in the social entrepreneurship: Experiences of social entrepreneurs

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wee Chan Au



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2021.

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to contribute to the scholarship on career success within the social entrepreneurship context. Based on the career accounts of eighteen social entrepreneurs in Malaysia, the study’s findings provide a nuanced perspective of the Career Success Framework and explicate career success for social entrepreneurs as multifaceted across personal and social goals. The findings provide nuance to how the four broad dimensions of the Career Success Framework (material concerns, social relations, learning and pursuing one’s own projects) are experienced and perceived in the social entrepreneurship context. The emergent career success framework of social entrepreneurs suggests that perceived career success is appraised with nine sub-dimensions captured within the broad dimensions of the Career Success Framework in ways that challenge taken-for-granted assumptions in careers research, while also highlighting the tensions social entrepreneurs face.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Au WC, Drencheva AM, Liew JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Social Entrepreneurship

Year: 2021

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Online publication date: 10/03/2021

Acceptance date: 10/03/2021

Date deposited: 17/08/2022

ISSN (print): 1942-0676

ISSN (electronic): 1942-0684

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2021.1890188


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