Social enterprise has become a much discussed term in recent years, often in conjunction with the public sector - the idea that entrepreneurship might somehow step in and save the public purse has taken hold in a number of areas. This book introduces and explains the termilogy surrounding social enterprise and brings much-needed rigour to proceedings by demonstrating how this can be measured, evaluated and held accountable. A range of validated evaluation measures, tools and techniques, such as 'SROI', the 'Outcomes Star' and randomised control trials, are presented in individual research projects, conducted by an exciting and eclectic mix of international authors who are recognised experts in the field of social enterprise. Wrapping up with the ground-breaking use of a General Self-Efficacy scale, a reflective critique of social finance and a challenge to the actual concept of social enterprise, the book discusses the potential disadvantages that can arise from the commodification of social enterprise activities, resulting in a fascinating summary of current thinking surrounding this topic.
Simon Denny is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Development Director at the University of Northampton. His research interests are in the areas of social enterprise, entrepreneurship and social inclusion, and effective support for new enterprises. He is joint head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Governance (CEEG). Fred Seddon is Social Enterprise Researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Northampton University. Prior to taking up his current post he held research posts at the Open University, UK, and Padua University, Italy. He has published extensively in the fields of Social Enterprise and Music Psychology/Education
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