Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons. Concluding Lessons Learned chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations. Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields. Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves.

Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Social Mission Organizations: Toward a Conceptualization

Social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and social mission organizations: Toward a conceptualization
Björn Schmitz



New buzzwords have entered the nonprofit research arena in the last two decades, including “social enterprise,” “social entrepreneurship,” and “social business,” which represent a melding of business and altruistic behaviors (Bishop, 2006; Bornstein, 2004; Drayton, 2002, 2005; Mair & Martí, 2006; Mair, Robertson, & Hockerts, 2006; Nicholls, 2006). What started as a promising new field of research is still suffering from a relatively weak level of theorizing and empirical research. Furthermore, there is no common definition of the terms; thus, research from different scholars can hardly be compared. As a result, scientific progress is ...

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