Social Enterprise: Developing Sustainable Businesses

Overview

Social enterprises are dynamic businesses with a conscience working in the UK and internationally to deliver lasting social and environmental change.

Well known social enterprises include Cafedirect, The Big Issue, The Co-operative Group, the Eden Project and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, but there are thousands more operating in a wide range of industries from farmers' markets and recycling companies to transport providers and childcare.

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Overview

Social enterprises are dynamic businesses with a conscience working in the UK and internationally to deliver lasting social and environmental change.

Well known social enterprises include Cafedirect, The Big Issue, The Co-operative Group, the Eden Project and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, but there are thousands more operating in a wide range of industries from farmers' markets and recycling companies to transport providers and childcare.

Key features include:

• Real-world case studies and mini-examples demonstrate the realities of creating and running a social enterprise
• Quotations from active social entrepreneurs reveal the challenges and inspirations specific to this area of the economy
• Clearly defines social ventures and their role in societies and economies
• A companion website featuring web-links and support materials

This landmark text considers how a social enterprise can sustain and develop its activities, and compares the way we measure success in social organizations to other forms of business. Social Enterprise is an ideal resource for all students and entrepreneurs who want to make business and society better.

 
Companion Website: http://www.palgrave.com/business/martin/

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a welcome addition to an area of growing interest and importance. Not only does the book cover all the major areas of interest, it has valuable mini cases that lend insight and each chapter has useful revision questions to aid student understanding.” —Professor Paul Burns, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Dean, The Business School, University of Bedfordshire, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230203723
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK MARTIN is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published widely, especially on entrepreneurship and regional development, and contributed to a number of books including Understanding Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business with Ken O'Neill, Simon Bridge and Stan Cromie (Palgrave, 2008).

MARCUS THOMPSON currently teaches Entrepreneurship at the University of Stirling, UK, on a part-time basis. He has helped to develop a number of programs for the Scottish Enterprise Foundation and has also worked for the Entrepreneurship Centre in developing entrepreneurship courses in Uganda. Marcus runs a small consultancy company, Contract Marketers Scotland, which specializes in international research, customer surveys and electronic marketing, and rural enterprise and development.

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Table of Contents

list of figures vi

list of tables vii

list of examples viii

list of minicases ix

preface x

acknowledgements xii

1 what is social enterprise? 1

2 starting a social enterprise 25

3 the management and the theory 47

4 social entrepreneurs|75

5 building an enterprise 105

6 growing pains 127

7 marketing for social enterprises 151

8 the changing roles of social enterprises 177

9 enterprising social organizations 205

10 recipes for success 233

index 243

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