The emergence of social enterprises over the past 25 years has been an exciting and significant development in the economy at a local, national and international level. How should we understand the growing popularity of social enterprise? Are alternative business models even more relevant in an uncertain business climate? How does Social Enterprise fit into the wider social context?
The first authoritative student textbook on the subject explores the issues of understanding the context and processes of Social Enterprise.
In 12 comprehensive chapters the authors discuss and illustrate both theoretical and practical considerations for the field. Topics include:
- Private, voluntary and public sector differences
- Seeking to reach a definition of social enterprise
- Exploring the different and distinct approaches to Social Enterprise
- Examining managerial issues for social enterprises; strategic thinking, leadership, HRM, globalization
- International debates and examples
- Looking at the future of social enterprise
Each chapter contains: a summary of key topics covered; illuminating and engaging international case studies to illustrate the themes covered and link them to practice; reflection boxes to enable students to critically consider their interpretation of issues raised; informative further reading; and links to online information about social enterprise projects.
There is also an accompanying website with a full instructors' manual, including PowerPoint slides and extra case studies, for lecturers and access to full-text journal articles and online exercises for students.
Understanding Social Enterprise is an indispensable textbook for all students of Social Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and those with an interest in the Third Sector, corporate social responsibility and business ethics generally.