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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

First Edition

February 2022 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Mission-driven ventures have the power to change the world and solve today’s most pressing social problems. Social Entrepreneurship equips students with the theories, models, tools, and templates they need to generate ideas and shape opportunities into impactful social enterprises. Author Carole Carlson uses a variety of real-world examples, cases, and profiles to illustrate how entrepreneurs around the world are changing their communities. Exercises allow students to practice developing their entrepreneurial skillset as they learn the fundamentals of structuring, financing, marketing, and scaling social ventures. Whatever social cause your students are passionate about, they will find Social Entrepreneurship a vital resource for making their vision a reality.


Chapter 1: Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Chapter 2: Innovation and Idea Generation
Chapter 3: Shaping Social Venture Opportunities
Chapter 4: Building Social Impact Teams and Ecosystem
Chapter 5: Creating Alignment and Measuring Impact
Chapter 6: Legal Structures and Financial Plans for Social Ventures
Chapter 7: Scaling and Expansion
Chapter 8: Entrepreneurial Operations and Marketing
Chapter 9: Business Plans and Pitches for Social Ventures
Chapter 10: Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context


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A decent primer on social entrepreneurship with lots of examples and cases.

Justin Gandy
Dallas Baptist University
Draft Chapter Review

This book serves as a beginner level guide to social entrepreneurship likely best used in an undergraduate course. It is clearly written
and straight forward and appears to hit all the basics. It also provides strong student exercises.

Janelle Kerlin
Georgia State University
Draft Chapter Review

This is an extremely useful textbook that presents information in a logical and well formatted way, which is conducive to learning. Each
chapter includes a glossary of terms to help reinforce student understanding and draw attention to the most important concepts, a
profile of a successful social entrepreneur, and a mini case study. There are also very helpful questions that will guide deeper
consideration of the topics presented and application of knowledge gained. The book is very user friendly.

Veronica Gutierrez
Arizona State University
Draft Chapter Review

This is a very good overview of social entrepreneurship that guides students through consideration of what these are, how they are
established, how they operation (or can operate), and how to assess their impact. The book provides a lot of insightful and engaging
cases and examples. In addition there are a number of useful exercises to provide experiential learning for students in developing
skills to support each aspect of social venturing.

Tom J. Sanders
University of Montevallo
Draft Chapter Review

This is a great book for introduction to social entrepreneurship.

Justin Peart
St. Thomas University
Draft Chapter Review
Key features
  • Short cases illustrate a variety of different mission-driven ventures around the globe 
  • Comprehensive cases illustrate key concepts from multiple chapters and provide opportunities for students to think critically 
  • Profiles of a diverse group of social entrepreneurs spotlight innovative ways entrepreneurs are improving society 
  • Exercises provide hands-on opportunities for students to work on their social ventures throughout the course 
  • Learning objectives, chapter summaries, and key terms guide student learning 

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