The public sector entrepreneur ‐ a definition

Inger Boyett (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Since the early 1980s there have been fundamental changes in the structure and management of the UK public sector, based on the introduction of quasi‐markets. The literature suggests that, for markets to operate at their maximum level of efficiency, there is an overwhelming need for entrepreneurial activity. Attempts through a synthesis of the published literature, surveys of educational and health managers and case examples, to determine whether a new strain of leadership ‐ the public sector entrepreneur ‐ is emerging to display many of the characteristics of their business counterparts.



Boyett, I. (1996), "The public sector entrepreneur ‐ a definition", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 36-51.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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