Department of Marketing, Enterprise and Digital Communications, LIT- MBus by Research- Examining Social Entrepreneurs Typologies – Motivations, Barriers and Support Implications

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    Limerick Institute of Technology



The purpose of this proposed research is to investigate and propose social entrepreneur typologies to further the understanding of their motivations, barriers and varying support requirements in an Irish context. The contribution of this research will be in understanding heterogeneous support requirements of social entrepreneurs in the Irish context, where more tailored and effective supports can be put in place. A mixed-method approach will provide a robust and in-depth analysis of social entrepreneur typologies within the Irish context in terms of pathways, motivations and barriers experienced. The research will provide valuable recommendations to Irish policy makers in terms of necessary policy change and appropriate allocation of funding

Scholarship Conditions

Funded by the Graduate Research Office – Postgraduate Fees for a period up to two years full-time and a stipend

Requirements of Candidate

  • Level 8 Honours Degree in an appropriate field of study is essential (Grade 1:1 degree preferable, applications considered with a Grade 2:2 or higher with relevant experience)

  • Experience of advanced research and relevant work experience

  • Commitment to a 24-month programme of study and research full-time

  • Self-motivated with an ability to be self-directed in much of their own work

  • Able to plan work over longer periods and have strong writing and analytical skills

  • Interest in pursuing a career in academia and/or research

  • Interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in areas related to: Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Social Enterprise and Community Development.



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