University students as social entrepreneurs

Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Li LIN

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When the concept of social entrepreneurship becomes more popular, many universities explicitly claim that they wish to nurture social entrepreneurs. In this chapter, the concept of social entrepreneurship and the successful attributes of social entrepreneurs are outlined. With reference to the question of how university students can be nurtured to be social entrepreneurs, it is suggested that the service leadership model proposed by the Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management is a good framework to be considered. In the framework, it is asserted that there are three attributes of a successful service leader - leadership competence, moral character and caring dispositions. The experience of implementing a credit-bearing subject based on the service leadership model at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Hong Kong: Service Leadership for University Students
EditorsDaniel T.L. SHEK, Cecilia M.S. MA, Li LIN, Joav MERRICK
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781634849609
ISBN (Print)9781634849289
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePublic Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Bibliographical note

The preparation for this manuscript and the Service Leadership project at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are financially supported by Victor and William Fung Foundation. This chapter is a revised and adapted version of an earlier publication in the International Journal on Disability and Human Development.

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