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

Luke, Belinda and Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2006) Social enterprise in the public sector. MetService: Thinking beyond the weather. International Journal of Social Economics, 33 5-6: 432-445. doi:10.1108/03068290610660698

Author Luke, Belinda
Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Title Social enterprise in the public sector. MetService: Thinking beyond the weather
Journal name International Journal of Social Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-8293
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/03068290610660698
Volume 33
Issue 5-6
Start page 432
End page 445
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group
Language eng
Subject 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
1503 Business and Management
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider 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 (SOEs) 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.

Keyword Entrepreneurialism
New Zealand
Public sector organizations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: Social Enterprise Management

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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