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Innovation Hub Research Guide

Resource guide created by Innovation Fellow 2022 Judy Opdahl.

What is social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurs are business owners that develop a startup with the goal to make a social or environmental impact.

Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation eBooks (selected) Selected Entrepreneurship Journals (CSUSM Log-in required)

Selected Physical Books or Open Access Titles

Cover image of ebook titled -  Sprint : how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days

Sprint : how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days


4th Floor - Stacks ; HD30.29 .K63 2016

Cover image of  Practical electronics for inventors

Practical electronics for inventors


5th Floor - Stacks ; TK7816 .S347 2016

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How to write a business plan

4th Floor - Stacks HD30.28 .M3839 2016

Streaming Media from CSUSM Library Selected (CSUSM Log-in required)

Triumph to Trauma: The Entrepreneurial Educational Experience

A dramatic, inspiring, and empowering interactive educational video series inspired by the broadcast documentaries Trauma to Triumph, and featuring 10 entrepreneurial journeys. There are 32 different video modules running five to eight minutes in length and designed for classroom or virtual learning. These stories and lessons share the virtues of entrepreneurship and its power in overcoming life’s trials, achieving life goals, and enhancing career readiness. The case studies feature a multicultural group of individuals that faced such challenges as racism, genocide, poverty, war, child abuse, oppression, disease, and sexism, yet rose to well-being through the power of entrepreneurship.


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Maria Pacheco: A Case Study on Social Business

 A series of 18 videos - Maria Pacheco is the founder of Wakami, a social business that designs and exports products that are handmade by Guatemalan women to the global market, as well as providing professional training to groups of rural women. In this series, she talks about creating an environmental value chain, empowering communities, fair wages, and more.

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Social Business

Social business is one that uses business to solve social problems. Equity holders may gradually recoup their investments, costs, and profits without taking dividends. Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus shows how this works across the business spectrum, including multinational companies, very small enterprises, and even a circus company in Cambodia.


Try these headings

Subject headings are assigned to books and ebooks in the library's catalog.

Click the link below to view a list of titles with the subject heading

(Adapted from Duke University's Economics Research Guide)

Selected Publications for Social Entrepreneurship, Nonprofits Selected Entrepreneurship Journals (CSUSM Log-in required)

Selected Research Databases (CSUSM Log-in required)

Selected Research DatabasesUse these databases to research social entrepreneurship topics.