Dennis R. Young
The primary purpose of this book is to develop the rudiments of a theory of behavior of nonprofit organizations on which public policies that govern the use of these organizations for public service can be intelligently based. A review of literature on nonprofit organizations is presented to give the reader a sense of the state of existing theory and knowledge about these agencies. The function of entrepreneurship serves as the point of departure for theory development, necessitating considerable review and discussion of this subject. Thus clarification of the entrepreneurial process and its role in the nonprofit sector occupies a major part of this book and is presented as an important ancillary contribution.
Dennis R. Young
This book offers a robust set of detailed case studies of entrepreneurship in the human services, originally developed for research leading to the publication of If Not for Profit, for What? [Young, Dennis R., "If Not for Profit, for What?" (2013). 2013 Faculty Books. Book 1. http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/facbooks2013/1], a book which established a supply-side theory of the nonprofit sector based on the behavior of those whom we now call social entrepreneurs. The full book contains fourteen cases, divided into four categories: new nonprofit organizations started from scratch, new organizations parented by existing nonprofit organizations, new programs of existing nonprofit organizations, and new state and local government ventures. The selection reproduced here electronically includes one case from each of these categories. (The full book may be obtained from The Haworth Press.) Each case describes in detail, the entrepreneurs involved, the organization of interest, the chronology of events, the social, political and economic contexts in which the ventures took place, the choices faced by the entrepreneurs and key decision makers, the risks and constraints faced by those actors, the outcomes of the venture, and an analysis of why the venture turned out as it did. As such these cases offer rich material for coursework and training in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise as well as material for continuing research in these fields.
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