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Systematic mapping: educational and social entrepreneurship innovations (2015–2020)

Ruth Montes-Martínez (Doctorado Formación en la Sociedad del Conocimiento, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
María Soledad Ramírez-Montoya (Institute for the Future of Education, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 October 2021

Issue publication date: 8 November 2022




This study aims to analyze recent publications (2015–2020) that refer to educational and social entrepreneurship to identify the primary emerging themes and gaps of entrepreneurship research and management that would be helpful for future studies and entrepreneurial ventures.


The authors used systematic mapping to review 92 research articles that address educational innovation and social entrepreneurship. All the articles were published between 2015 and January 2020 and were found in the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus databases.


The data analysis identified the following: the articles most frequently cited, the journals that published the highest number of relevant articles, the geographical distribution of these publications and their authors, the context of the research, the lines and themes that emerged, and the gaps in the literature regarding the research and management of educational and social entrepreneurship.

Research limitations/implications

The search for articles was limited to educational and social entrepreneurship innovations and the English language; thus, studies published in other languages were not analyzed.


The analysis of this research allowed us to review concepts and identify research methods employed and thematic lines analyzed. Therefore, the work is of value for educational and social entrepreneurs and researchers who wish to examine such concepts or focus on areas not yet fully explored.



This work was developed with the support of the doctoral program “Training in the Knowledge Society” of the University of Salamanca. The authors appreciate the facilities provided by the managers and the tutors who contribute to the training process. Also, this paper is a product of the project “OpenSocialLab: linking experiential learning to scale levels of mastery in social entrepreneurship skills,” with funding from the NOVUS 2019 Fund (Agreement: Novus 2019). The authors acknowledge the technical support of Writing Lab, Institute for the Future of Education, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, in the production of this work.


Montes-Martínez, R. and Ramírez-Montoya, M.S. (2022), "Systematic mapping: educational and social entrepreneurship innovations (2015–2020)", Education + Training, Vol. 64 No. 7, pp. 923-941.



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