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3rd Edition

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship
The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World

ISBN 9780367220327
Published April 14, 2020 by Routledge
374 Pages 30 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship is the leading textbook that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the field. It brings the mindset, principles, strategies, tools, and techniques of entrepreneurship into the social sector to present innovative solutions to today’s vexing social issues.

Kickul and Lyons cover all the key topics relevant to social entrepreneurship, including a detailed examination of each of the steps in the entrepreneurial process. This third edition includes several new features:

  • A process-oriented format, taking students through discovery, design, development, and delivery
  • Two new chapters: one on lean start-up and design thinking for social entrepreneurship, and another on unconventional approaches from developing countries
  • Updated and new case studies, with improved global coverage
  • "Voices from the Field" sections that explore evidence-based research from the field.

Bringing together a rigorous theoretical foundation and a strong practical focus, this is the go-to resource for students of social entrepreneurship at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A companion website includes an instructor’s manual, PowerPoint slides, a test bank, and other tools to provide additional support for students and instructors.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

About the Authors




Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Defining and Distinguishing Social Entrepreneurship

Chapter 3 Recognizing Social Opportunities

Chapter 4 Designing and Modelling A Social Venture

Chapter 5 Developing a Strategic Plan for a Social Venture

Chapter 6 Organizational Structure

Chapter 7 Funding Social Ventures

Chapter 8 Measuring Social Impact

Chapter 9 Scaling the Social Venture

Chapter 10 Social Intrapreneurship

Chapter 11 Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability

Chapter 12 The Social Entrepreneurship Support Ecosystem

Chapter 13 Social Entrepreneurship Models in Developing Countries

Chapter 14 The Future of Social Entrepreneurship


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Jill Kickul holds the Narayan Research Directorship in Social Entrepreneurship in the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and is Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, USA. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and social impact strategies. She has published more than one hundred journal articles and books on the subject of entrepreneurship.

Thomas S. Lyons is the Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. He has expertise in the following subjects: entrepreneurship, economic development, strategic planning, and public–private partnerships. He is co-author or editor of fourteen books and has published over sixty articles and papers in scholarly outlets on entrepreneurial and economic strategy.