Understanding Social Enterprise

Understanding Social Enterprise

Theory and Practice

Companion Website

Other Titles:
Organization Studies

© 2011 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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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?

 In 12 comprehensive chapters the authors discuss and illustrate both theoretical and practical considerations for the field. The book:

- Focuses on different and distinct approaches to Social Enterprise and social economy

- Contains comprehensive coverage of employee-owned, cooperative, community and charitable enterprises

- Looks at private, voluntary and public sector differences.

- Examines managerial issues for social enterprises: strategic thinking, leadership, HRM, governance and globalisation.

- Draws on international debates and examples.

- Includes extensive learning features such as: summaries, international case studies, reflection boxes, further reading and links to online information about social enterprise projects.

- Is accompanied by a companion website with a full instructors’ manual, including PowerPoint slides and extra case studies for lecturers, and access to full-text journal articles for students.

Visit the companion website at www.sagepub.co.uk/ridleyduff

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 www.sagepub.co.uk/ridleyduff' -
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

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