Considers the crucial role of private sector social entrepreneurship in the context of a state welfare system stretched beyond its means. Defines social entrepreneurship, recounts a number of key points from relevant research projects, reflects upon current developments and initiatives, describes a number of cases and uses these to draw a set of tentative conclusions about social entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurship in the context of the current government’s aim of fostering rapid growth in the sector. Concludes that while such growth is highly desirable, a number of hurdles have to be overcome.
Thompson, J., Alvy, G. and Lees, A. (2000), "Social entrepreneurship – a new look at the people and the potential", Management Decision, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 328-338. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740010340517
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