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Social entrepreneurship
A skills approach

Robert Gunn, Christopher Durkin
Paperback, 200 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
01 Jun 2010


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"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, Open University

About This Book

Outstanding social entrepreneurs inspire students, transform communities, and ignite innovative approaches to solving social needs. This timely book has been inspired by the increasing interest around social entrepreneurship scholarship and the practice of delivering innovative solutions to social issues.  The in-depth theoretical study of stakeholder engagement, financial options, leadership management and organizational challenges is complemented by compelling international case studies of real social enterprise success. The book will be essential reading for students, academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge, skills and passion and sustainably pursue their social missions to bring about real social change.

Author Biography

Robert Gunn is a lecturer in social policy and social work at the University of York in the UK. He is a former probation officer and qualified social worker and was closely associated with third sector organisations in a community development role.. Christopher Durkin is associate director of the Northampton Institute of Urban Affairs based at the University of Northampton. He is a registered social worker and has worked for the NSPCC and before that for the probation service. His interests in social enterprises are linked to community development and stakeholder engagement.


Part one: Overview and policy context: Introduction: social enterprise in the third sector ~ Robert Gunn and Chris Durkin
The place of social enterprise in contemporary policy ~ Ian Buchanan
What do we mean by the term social enterprise?: defining social entrepreneurship ~ Gladius Kulothungan
Part two: Key enterprise skills: Identifying need ~ Richard Bryant
Stakeholder participation and involvement in social enterprise ~ Gurnam Singh and Stephen Crowden
Fundraising skills: introduction to fundraising ~ Harry Brown; Financial management skills: funding social enterprises ~ Wray Irwin
Leadership and management skills development in third sector organisations ~ Jon Griffiths
Part three: Social entrepreneurship: a global view: The UK perspective ~ Gordon D'Silva
The U.S.A. perspective ~ Anthony Mendes
The China Perspective ~ Marie So
The India perspective ~ Stan Thekaekara
Conclusion ~ Robert Gunn and Chris Durkin.


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