Development and Validation of a New Social Entrepreneurial Intention Scale in South Africa and Germany

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Social entrepreneurial intention (SEI) is a necessary pre-condition of social enterprise creation. Despite notable progress in the field, a recent meta-analysis yielded two central problems. First, a large share of inter-study heterogeneity regarding antecedent-SEI effects resulted from the application of different and insufficiently validated SEI-scales, thus, a methodological bias. Second, emerging SE-landscapes in Africa are underrepresented. As a response, we constructed and validated a new SEI-scale with three samples from South Africa and Germany (Ntotal  = 799). Applying factor and correlational analyses, we found that our new six-item-scale is psychometrically sound, interculturally robust, and shows a high validity.


Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social Entrepreneurship
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Scopus 85158077121
ORCID /0000-0002-0015-5120/work/142239862
Mendeley 0bc13387-bbc2-345f-b709-232d1ed0e4f1



  • Social entrepreneurship, intercultural comparison, social entrepreneurial intention, South Africa, Germany, scale development

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