Social Entrepreneurship: A Skills Approach

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Robert Gunn, Chris Durkin
Policy Press, 2010 - Social Science - 185 pages
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"Globally, social entrepreneurship is innovatively addressing social issues. But innovation and efficiency depend on entrepreneurs and institutions having the necessary knowledge and skills. This book's highly experienced contributors will help social enterprise meet that challenge."- Roger Spear, Co Operatives Research Unit, Open University, UK

"This is a valuable new contribution to the growing literature on social enterprises. The collection includes interesting and useful international case studies as well as a strong thematic approach towards social innovation. The inclusion of chapters on the ethics of innovation and on social finance is also particularly welcome."-Alex Nicholls, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford UK

Outstanding social entrepreneurs inspire students, transform communities and ignite innovative approaches to solving social needs and generating new social enterprises across the world. This timely new book has been inspired by the increasing interest around social entrepreneurship scholarship and the practice of delivering innovative solutions to social issues. It offers a unique combination of both theory and practice, which both complements existing academic literature and encourages readers to develop their own ideas and aspirations for social organizations.

The in-depth theoretical study of stakeholder engagement, financial options, leadership management and organizational challenges is complemented by compelling case studies of social enterprise success from across the UK, the US, China and India. The book will be essential reading for students, academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge, skills and passion and to sustainably pursue their social missions to bring about real social change.

Robert Gunn is a lecturer in social policy and social work at the University of York, UK. He is a former probation officer and qualified social worker, and was closely associated with third sector organizations in a community development role.

Chris Durkin is associate director of the Northampton Institute of Urban Affairs based at the University of Northampton, UK. He is a registered social worker and has worked for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the probation service. His interests in social enterprises are linked to community development and stakeholder engagement.

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two The place of social enterprise in UK
three What do we mean by social enterprise? Defining social
four Identifying need Richard Bryant

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Robert Gunn, Department of social work, University of York and Christopher Durkin, Social Sciences Department, Northampton University College

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