Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector

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"Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector provides an excellent overview of the many tools available to the entrepreneur to advance his or her mission, and it discusses many of the problems that organizations and their managers encounter at different points of a growth process."
―NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY

Written for students and practitioners, this unique text, with Harvard cases, provides detailed analysis and frameworks for achieving maximum impact through social entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector enables readers to attain an in depth understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the social enterprise context and organizations. The authors offer tools to develop the knowledge to pursue social entrepreneurship more strategically and achieve mission impact more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably.

Key Features

  • Spans a range of social enterprise activity:Examples are included across multiple and varied contexts from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.
  • Offers Harvard Business School case studies: Through these cases, the critical components of social entrepreneurship are addressed including start-up, funding, growth, alliances and collaboration, and performance measurement.
  • Presents cutting edge social enterprise research: Detailed analysis and frameworks introduce the key themes and ideas that are illustrated through the cases at the end of each chapter.
  • Provides US and international coverage: Since social entrepreneurship is a growing field in the US and abroad, a number of case studies set in international settings are included.

Intended Audience
The text is designed as a core or supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Social Entrepreneurship or Non-Profit Entrepreneurship in the departments of business, management, marketing, and public policy.


"The emerging field of social entrepreneurship has been crying out for a definitive textbook. With clarity, insight, and a strong practical orientation, the authors of Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector have set the gold standard for many years to come."
―Professor J. Gregory Dees, Duke University

"This is so much more than a casebook! Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector offers a grounded and insightful conceptualization of the key challenges and fundamental processes of social entrepreneurship. It also presents practical frameworks for analyzing both, across a wide range of organizations. This book should be on the shelf of every aspiring and successful social entrepreneur." ―James A. Phills, Jr., Stanford University

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Jane Wei-Skillern is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the General Management Unit and Social Enterprise Group at the Harvard Business School. She teaches her MBA elective, Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. She also teaches in the HBS Social Enterprise executive education program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM). Professor Wei-Skillern earned her B.S. in Business from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Business Research and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, both from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, she was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School.

Professor Wei-Skillern′s research is focused in the field of Social Enterprise. Her research has examined the topics of nonprofit growth and management of multisite nonprofits, and most recently has been focused on nonprofit networks. She is currently studying how building a range of strategic networks can be a powerful lever for nonprofits to achieve greater social impact. A strategic network is distinguished from traditional partnership approaches in that it entails a shift in mindset from the organization as the hub for social value creation, to the organization as a node within a larger network of critical and complementary entities that must work collaboratively to achieve mission impact. Her research explores how trust based strategic networks that leverage resources in innovative ways to achieve mission impact can be created and managed.

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"Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector provides an excellent overview of the many tools available to the entrepreneur to advance his or her mission, and it discusses many of the problems that organizations and their managers encounter at different points of a growth process."

(Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2009-03-31)

"The emerging field of social entrepreneurship has been crying out for a definitive textbook. With clarity, insight, and a strong practical orientation, the authors of Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector have set the gold standard for many years to come."
(Professor J. Gregory Dees 2009-03-31)

"The past thirty years have witnessed a remarkable revolution in which entrepreneurs – people like Bob Swanson at Genentech, Steve Jobs at Apple, and Meg Whitman at eBay - have transformed the business landscape around the world. A parallel revolution of at least equal importance has taken place in the social sector in which tens of thousands of organizations have been created with social missions ranging from curing disease to improving education to alleviating global warming. But, how do these social ventures get going? How do they attract capital to launch and grow? How do they measure their performance? In short, how do they accomplish their mission? In Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector, Jane Wei-Skillern, James Austin, Herman Leonard, and Howard Stevenson provide insights into these issues by combining powerful frameworks for decision-making with detailed case studies on important social ventures. The book is helpful to those launching or managing such organizations and to those who support their efforts through donations and board membership. Society needs these ventures to succeed – all involved would benefit from reading this book." (William A. Sahlman 2009-03-31)

"This is so much more than a casebook! Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector offers a grounded and insightful conceptualization of the key challenges and fundamental processes of social entrepreneurship. It also presents practical frameworks for analyzing both, across a wide range of organizations. This book should be on the shelf of every aspiring and successful social entrepreneur." (James A. Phills, Jr. 2009-03-31)

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