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Understanding Social Enterprise

Understanding Social Enterprise
Theory and Practice

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304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Third Sector and the Social Economy
Civil Society and a Third System

Organizations of the Third Sector

Assessing Size, Scope and Contribution

The Development of Trusts and Charities

The Development of Co-Operatives and Mutual Societies

Secular Associations and a Voluntary Sector

The Modern Third Sector and Social Economy

Implications for Social Enterprise

New Public Management and the Private Sector
The End of the Post-War Consensus

The Effects of New Public Management

Advances in Employee and Community Ownership

Co-Operative Transformation of the Private Sector

Defining Social Enterprise
The Origins of the Language of Social Enterprise

Descriptions of Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise as a Spectrum of Options

Cross-Sector Models of Social Enterprise and Social Capital

Social Enterprise as an Activity

Social and Ethical Capital
Understanding Views on Social Capital

Values, Ethics and Sustainability

Ethical Capital as a Framework for Understanding Social Enterprise

Globalization and International Perspectives
The Rise of Global Capital and International Markets

Social Enterprise as a Global Enterprise

Social Enterprise as Opposition to Globalization

Management Debates
Outlining a Perspective on Social Enterprise Education

Living the Management Debate

Comparing Key Texts on Social Enterprise Management

Identities and Legalities
Values, Identities and Social Practices

Old Legal Identities and Hegemonic Power

New Legal Identities and Social Power

Strategic Management and Planning
Conceptualizing Strategic Management

Operationalizing Strategic Management and Planning

Assessing Strategic Management Performance

Governance, HRM and Employee Relations
Discourses on Managing People

Shared Governance and HRM Concepts

Recruitment, Selection and Induction

Dispute Resolution

Discussion of Case Studies

Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
Why Leadership Matters

Theories of Leadership

Perspectives on Entrepreneurship

Income Streams and Social Investment
Theorizing Income and Investment Activities

Income from Trading and Membership

Gifts and Donations

Loan and Equity Finance

Social Investment Funds

Measuring Outcomes and Impacts
Performance as a Concept

Social Accounting Practices

SAA and SROI: Similarities and Differences

Critical Perspectives on Social Accounting

Implications for Social Enterprises

Postscript - Social Enterprise in 2050



'This book is a "must-read" for all those who are interested in social enterprise - for academics, practitioners, but above all for students - with its many ambitious and challenging exercises, plus references to an extensive range of materials available on a companion website at' -
Peter Somerville
School of Social Sciences, University of Lincoln

This book is one of the only books which specifically addresses social enterprises, and since these are a fast growing area of social provision a nd government policy in the UK, this book is invaluable to studied in this topic area.

Miss Juliette Wilson
Faculty of Arts,Media & Social Science, Salford University
December 10, 2014

An excellent read

Ms Linda Martin
Management , Coventry University
August 14, 2014

Excellent overview of social enterprise for the beginner.

Dr Morven McEachern
Salford Business School, Salford University
July 30, 2014

A good general background to the development of social enterprise with lots of interesting examples, cases etc.

Mr Brian Carroll
Management , All Hallows College
May 7, 2014

Covers the key theoretical issues and debates.

Ms Karen Langdon
Durham Business School, Durham University
April 30, 2014

A comprehensive guide to social enterprise, covering the origins and approaches to social entrepreneurship. A hugely valuable textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

Dr Philip Ely
Employability, Portsmouth University
August 6, 2013

An excellent text book at the right level for MBA students combining theory and practice with good supporting material.

Mr John Hirst
Durham Business School, Durham University
April 3, 2013

The combination of strategic and topical issues together with the mix of academic debate and class exercises, make this text an invaluable resources for the social and commercial entrepreneur and teaching profession.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , University College Birmingham
December 14, 2012

The book leads the reader through the fascinating debate on social enterprises. By reading it, we can get a better understanding of this emerging field of research. Though I find the book relevant for students interested in this particularity business field, it is too specific for a CSR course. However, it would be perfect for a course on social entrepreneurship.

I have to admit that the book has helped me gain a better understanding of social entrepreneurship. Thanks to the book, I have been able to include social entrepreneurship as part of the learning objectives of the CSR course I'm responsible for. I will suggest the book as supplemental reading material.

Dr José Carlos García-Rosell
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland
October 17, 2012

Rory Ridley-Duff

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff worked for 12 years as a director of the workers co-operative Computercraft Ltd, and has built his academic career through a PhD study of School Trends Ltd during its conversion to a social enterprise. His primary research interest is the process by which democratic relations develop in both informal and formal organisations and affect governing processes. He has now authored 35 scholarly papers, four books and two novels. In addition to this book, he has published ‘The Case for FairShares’ to articulate findings from a decade of action research at Sheffield Business School, that explores social enterprise as a route to... More About Author

Mike Bull

Dr Mike Bull is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, recently completing his PhD by publication, entitled ‘The Development of Social Enterprise in the UK: Some Operational and Theoretical Contributions to Knowledge’. Mike has a decade of experience and knowledge of social enterprise, having led several UK and European funded research projects. He also developed one of the first undergraduate modules on social enterprise in 2005. Mike has held two Directorships in social enterprises during the past decade, as well as gaining industrial expertise, having previously worked for 16 years... More About Author

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