Social enterprise in the public sector. MetService: Thinking beyond the weather

Luke, Belinda G. & Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2006) Social enterprise in the public sector. MetService: Thinking beyond the weather. International Journal of Social Economics, 33(5/6), pp. 432-445.

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Purpose - This paper considers the role of government in fostering entrepreneurial activity and economic development, thereby balancing social and economic objectives.
Design/methodology/approach – Case studies on state-owned enterprises in New Zealand, one of which is examined in detail, are analysed and compared. Triangulated data from interviews, texts, and personal observation were collected and analysed in two separate phases, examining effective pathways for social enterprise in the public sector and related themes.
Findings – Findings suggest the role of government is not limited to policy-making. Examination of activity which aims to balance social and economic objectives identifies several factors which have contributed to successful and entrepreneurial operations within SOEs. Research limitations/implications – Although limited to a single case, this paper reveals the nature and importance of entrepreneurial activity within government organisations. Practical implications – Deregulation as an alternative to privatisation is examined and evaluated. Originality/value – Evidence is provided to support entrepreneurship within the public sector as a strong foundation for balancing both social and economic objectives.

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ID Code: 13173
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Government, state, owned enterprises, entrepreneurship
DOI: 10.1108/03068290610660698
ISSN: 0306-8293
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Emerald Publishing
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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