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Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World Paperback – January 21, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0415884891 ISBN-10: 0415884896 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415884896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415884891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Tom Lyons and Jill Kickul have produced a powerful, well-researched, comprehensive text on social entrepreneurship. It provides an ideal foundation for for a first-rate course on the topic. They brilliantly bring together the best ideas from the literature of business entrepreneurship as well as social entrepreneurship, and they pull it all together drawing on their own extensive experience, research, and insights. It is hard to think of a better team to put together this kind of text. The book is very well structured for use by both teachers and students. It publication should make it much easier for faculty who are relatively new to this area to launch a course--fully confident that it will be grounded in the best work in the field to date.’- Professor J. Gregory Dees, Co-Founder, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, USA

'This book provides an updated and expanded synthesis of a range of previous work to provide useful and practical advice to social entrepreneurs and their supporters. It represents a valuable 'how to' guide that includes useful case study examples and a novel 'view from the field' set of contributions that bring the more theoretical elements vividly to life. This book represents a worthwhile addition to any social entrepreneur's library'-Dr Alex Nicholls MBA University Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship Said Business School Park End Street Oxford OX1 1HP Fellow in Management Harris Manchester College University of Oxford, UK

‘Instructors and scholars will find Understanding Social Entrepreneurship, The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World the new text by Jill Kickul and Thomas Lyons, a welcome addition in the growing field of social entrepreneurship. It provides solid coverage of the key topics in social entrepreneurship and offers a nice balance of the social with the entrepreneurial. The book is both teachable and authoritative with many good examples and graphics, as well as current research and scholarly references. I recommend it highly’-Tom Lumpkin-Syracuse University, USA

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship’ is a fine work. It will be extremely useful to generations of students. They want to change the world through social entrepreneurship, but first need a comprehensive introduction to frame and channel all the passion and energy, understanding which tools, concepts and insights one needs to master to live up to the high expectations society places upon social entrepreneurs. A must-have reference guide.’-Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder & Managing Director, Impact Economy SA; Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

‘Social entrepreneurship educators have long needed a comprehensive and authoritative text to support their teaching, and now they have one. Particularly impressive is the range of topics covered and the clear and logical way the authors tackle a series of complex issues. It will be a great asset in the classroom on both undergraduate and graduate-level courses.’-Paul Tracey, Judge Business School University of Cambridge, UK

About the Author

Jill R. Kickul joined New York University Stern School of Business, USA as a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations in July 2008. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship and is the Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship in NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Thomas Lyons is a Professor at Baruch College CUNY, USA and has expertise in the following subjects: Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Private-Public Partnerships


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Sue Richard on January 28, 2014
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This book provides an indepth understanding of the discipline of Social Entrepreneurship in a concise way, It is very readable and can be easily adapted to classroom use.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed on October 2, 2013
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This is quite possibly the most pretentious pedantic book I have ever endured as a classroom textbook. I hated it so much I could barely open it to complete a take home midterm
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