The Search for Social Entrepreneurship

by Paul C. Light


Research on social entrepreneurship is finally catching up to its rapidly growing potential. In The Search for Social Entrepreneurship, Paul Light explores this surge of interest to establish the state of knowledge on this growing phenomenon and suggest directions for future research.

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  • Find out how highly entrepreneurial organizations behave when faced with challenges and how they create conditions for new ideas.
  • Learn what the four components of social entrepreneurship are and what strategies are needed that might increase the chances that these components will succeed.
  • Explore the underlying assumptions about social entrepreneurship, and learn how these assumptions have defined the current debate surrounding it.
  • Learn how to define social entrepreneurship so that it can be evaluated effectively.


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About the Author

Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution. Among his many books are A Government Ill Executed (Harvard, 2008) andGovernment’s Greatest Achievements (Brookings, 2002). He can be reached at

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