Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice

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SAGE Publications, Feb 9, 2011 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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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

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About the author (2011)

Rory Ridley-Duff is Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout the 1990s, Rory was a director of Computercraft Ltd, an IT cooperative that helped to establish Social Enterprise London. His experience and early writing activities enabled him to win a PhD Studentship to Sheffield Hallam University where he researched the governance practices of a private company converting to social enterprise. In 2003, he became a lecturer at Sheffield Business School and recently established an MSc Social Enterprise and Business Democracy degree. Now an editorial board member of the Social Enterprise Journal, he is also a director of the social firm Viewpoint Research CIC, and one of UnLtd’s Ambassadors for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

Mike Bull is Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and unit leader of a final year module on social enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. He is an editorial board member of Social Enterprise Journal and is a Director of Social Enterprise North West (SENW) and Together Works – The social enterprise network for Greater Manchester. Mike has developed a rich understanding of the field through his experiences, as well as through his original research and contributions to knowledge, having led on a number of research projects, focusing particularly on strategic management and the organisational performances of social enterprises.

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