Social Entrepreneurship

This guide lists sources that describe social enterprises and social entrepreneurship.  It also includes resources for starting a new social enterprise.

Descriptions of Social Entrepreneurship

“Social Entrepreneurship,” Chapter 15, in Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Pardee Reference: X HD62.5 B94 2010 (A very good overview and description of Social Entrepreneurship).

“The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship” from the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University.

 

Books

A selection of recent titles appears below.  For additional books and eBooks: check BU Libraries Search; use the following search terms: social entrepreneurship; social responsibility of business; sustainable development; microfinance.   Books with call numbers are located in the Pardee Library Stacks, on the third floor.

 

The business of doing good : insights from one social enterprises's journey to deliver on good intentions
The business of doing good : insights from one social enterprises’s journey to deliver on good intentions

Rugby, Warwickshire, UK : Practical Action Publishing Ltd, 2015 
Pardee Stacks:  HD60.5.C16 S56 2015

 

Cases in innovative nonprofits : organizations that make a difference

Cases in innovative nonprofits : organizations that make a difference

Los Angeles : Sage, 2015 
Pardee Stacks:  HD62.6 .C37  2015

Changing your company from the inside out : a guide for social intrapreneurs
Changing your company from the inside out : a guide for social intrapreneurs

Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2015
Pardee Stacks:  HD60 .D28 2015

 

Emerging research directions in social entrepreneurship

Emerging research directions in social entrepreneurship

Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2014
Getting beyond better : how social entrepreneurship works

Getting beyond better: how social entrepreneurship works

Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2015
Pardee Stacks:  HD60 .M367 2015

 

 Intellectual property, entrepreneurship and social justice from swords to ploughshares
Intellectual property, entrepreneurship and social justice from swords to ploughshares

Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub. Ltd., 2015  

 

The mission-driven venture : business solutions to the world's most vexing social problems
The mission-driven venture: business solutions to the world’s most vexing social problems

Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, 2015  
Pardee Stacks: HD2769.15 .L363 2015

 

New Strategies for Social Innovation : Market-Based Approaches for Assisting the Poor
New strategies for social innovation: market-based approaches for assisting the poor

New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2014

The responsible entrepreneur : four game-changing archetypes for founders, leaders, and impact investors

The responsible entrepreneur : four game-changing archetypes for founders, leaders, and impact investors

San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2014
Pardee Stacks: HD60 .S2493 2014

 

Scaling up business solutions to social problems : a practical guide for social and corporate entrepreneurs
Scaling up business solutions to social problems : a practical guide for social and corporate entrepreneurs

Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Pardee Stacks: HD60 .K396 2015

Social enterprise : accountability and evaluation around the world
Social enterprise: accountability and evaluation around the world

Abingdon, Oxon: New York: Routledge, 2014
Pardee Stacks: HD60 .S5854 2014

 

Social entrepreneurship: an evidence-based approach to creating social value
Social entrepreneurship: an evidence-based approach to creating social value

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass & Pfeiffer, 2014

 

Social intrapreneurism and all that jazz : how business innovators are helping to build a more sustainable world
Social entrepreneurship for the 21st century: innovation across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors

Sheffield, England : Greenleaf Publishing, 2014

 

Social intrapreneurism and all that jazz : how business innovators are helping to build a more sustainable world
Social intrapreneurism and all that jazz : how business innovators are helping to build a more sustainable world

Sheffield, England : Greenleaf Publishing, 2014

 

The social profit handbook : the essential guide to setting goals, assessing outcomes, and achieving success for mission-driven organizations

Social profit handbook: the essential guide to setting goals, assessing outcomes, and achieving success for mission-driven organizations

White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green, 2015
Pardee Stacks:  HD62.6 .G717 2015

 

Sustainable luxury and social entrepreneurship: stories from the pioneers

Sustainable luxury and social entrepreneurship: stories from the pioneers

Sheffield, England : Greenleaf Publishing, 2014

 

Articles

 

Proquest Entrepreneurship
For assistance in starting and developing a successful business, this database includes video clips of successful entrepreneurs, market research reports, start-up plans, templates and forms, scholarly journals, business cases, working papers, conference proceedings, and dissertations.

 

The additional databases below provide articles in business magazines and journals; use search terms such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and microfinance.

ABI/Inform Complete

 

Business source complete

 

Factiva (2001)

 

Boston Business Journal

This site also provides access to business journals from 39 other major metropolitan cities across the U.S.  Search for articles on social entrepreneurship or for articles on specific enterprises.  Also includes a digital Book of Lists containing rank-ordered companies and organizations for each city.

 

Business Plans

Proquest entrepreneurship

For business plan samples, see the Browse section of this database.  For articles and publications on writing business plans, do a basic or advanced search.

BizplanIt.Com

http://www.bizplanit.com/
A business plan consulting firm, with some free resources.

Bplans.com: The Business Planning Resource Center

http://www.bplans.com/
A business planning resource for small business.

Carnegie Library Business Plans and Profiles Index

http://www.clpgh.org/subject/business/bplansindex.html
A guide to sample business plans for a variety of businesses. Some of the plans are online and others are in books. A link is provided if the plan is online.

Business Plans Handbook

X HD 62.7 B865 Pardee Reference
Actual business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America. Includes business plan template, helpful organizations, agencies, and consultants. Vol. 18 includes a plan for a Green/Sustainability Consulting Firm.

SimpleBizPlanning.com

http://www.simplebizplanning.com/
A website that was designed to address the issue of why more entrepreneurs won’t write business plans. The site claims to make the process easier by providing free templates, forms and worksheets, as well as business plan review articles. The site also offers articles and a free, bi-weekly e-zine.
Search for articles in article databases, combining “social entrepreneurship” and “business plans.”

Companies and Organizations

To find existing nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, check these sources:

Boston Business Journal

Click on the link to “View the Boston Business Journal Book of Lists” for lists of top Boston firms and organizations in many categories.

Note: Provides information on the missions, finances, programs, and management of more than 1.7 million nonprofit organizations, including foundations, public charities, and others.
Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.
 

Organizations

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

http://www.caseatduke.org/
“A research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.”

Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

http://www.kauffman.org
The largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship; many sites are part of this site: entrepreneurship.org, FastTrac.org, and others. Search for “social entrepreneurship” for resources in this area, such as “Social Entrepreneurship Business Resource Materials.”

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

http://www.schwabfound.org/
An international, not-for-profit, independent and neutral organization, founded in 1998, with the purpose to advance social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress. The Foundation is under the legal supervision of the Swiss Federal Government and is headquartered in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland. Partners include: the Boston Consulting Group, Ernst and Young, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Intel, and Hewlett Packard. Social entrepreneurs can be screened/searched by area of impact, sector, etc.

Society for Nonprofit Organizations

http://www.snpo.org
Brings together those who serve in the nonprofit world in order to build a strong network of professionals throughout the country; provides a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge, and ideas on strengthening and increasing productivity within nonprofit organizations and among their leaders. Mission is accomplished through the publication of Nonprofit World magazine, educational programs offered by the Learning Institute, and other communications with its members.

Omnilogy Inc.

http://www.omnilogyinc.org
Aims to provide empowerment opportunities for people living in poverty-stricken communities. Seeks to improve the cultural, socio-economic and environmental aspects of communities in Southeast Asia. Creates social entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship programs.

Ventureneer

http://www.ventureneer.com
This site “provides education and support for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and values-driven small business owners.” It includes webinars, podcasts, case studies of successful social ventures, virtual courses, etc. Also included are articles based on Ventureneer surveys such as “Use and Value of Resources by Small Business Owners and Nonprofit Leaders.”