Rory Ridley-Duff and Mike Bull

Pub Date: Jan 2011  

Pages: 304

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Rory Ridley-Duff and Mike Bull 


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?

This groundbreaking new text explores the issues of understanding the context and processes of Social Enterprise.

Key features:

  1. Explores the different and distinct approaches to Social Enterprise
  2. Looks at private, voluntary and public sector differences
  3. Examines managerial issues for social enterprises; strategic thinking, leadership, HRM, globalisation
  4. Draws on international debates and examples
  5. Extensive learning features.

Each chapter contains: a summary of key topics covered, illuminating and engaging international case studies, reflection boxes, informative further reading and links to online information about social enterprise projects.

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.