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Establishing a Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit in Government

Robert D. Hisrich , Amr Al-Dabbagh

Robert D. Hisrich, Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management, US and Amr Al-Dabbagh, Chairman and CEO, Al-Dabbagh Group and Former Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), with a rank of Minister Forewords by President William Jefferson Clinton and His Excellency, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

2012 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78195 162 0
2012 Paperback 978 1 78195 228 3
ebook isbn 978 1 78195 163 7

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Paperback £32.00 on-line price £25.60


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‘After more than twenty years in public office and ten years traveling the world for my Foundation, I’ve concluded that the best outcomes occur when a strong, effective private sector works together with an innovative, entrepreneurial government to promote the economy. I know that as you read this book, you’ll gain invaluable insights about the type of government that will succeed in the twenty-first century.’
– From the foreword by President William Jefferson Clinton


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Challenging the traditional view that entrepreneurship is exclusively a private-sector concern, Governpreneurship presents a compelling argument for increased focus on entrepreneurship in public sector organizations. The only book to date to focus specifically on government entrepreneurship, this innovative volume combines Robert D. Hisrich’s vast theoretical knowledge with the practical experience of Amr Al-Dabbagh, who applied entrepreneurship in the Saudi public sector with excellent results. Featuring forewords by former US President Bill Clinton and former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, as well as four case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of government entrepreneurship in action, this fascinating book breaks new ground in a rapidly growing field.

In a time when government funds are being reduced and its services increasingly questioned, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit within the government becomes a vital concern. Although there is no ideal model for achieving government entrepreneurship, this volume outlines a number of innovative strategies designed to help public sector managers undertake their public mission while developing an entrepreneurial culture within their organization. The authors offer thorough and indispensible advice covering every aspect of government entrepreneurship, from framework to policy to funding and beyond. Finally, the book concludes with four case studies that explore successful government entrepreneurial undertakings in Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.

Government officials and other leaders in the public sector will find this book an indispensible guide to establishing an entrepreneurial focus in their organizations. Professors and students working in entrepreneurship, public sector management, and other business-related fields will also have much to admire in this innovative addition to the literature.

Full table of contents

Contents: Foreword by President William Jefferson Clinton Foreword by His Excellency, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Preface 1. Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector 2. The Government Entrepreneur 3. Formulating and Managing Policy Innovation 4. Locating and Fostering Innovation 5. Managing the Internal and External Politics 6. Developing the Plan and Building the Coalition 7. Funding the Venture Appendices: 1. The Irish Celtic Tiger 2. Singapore: The Lion City 3. Entrepreneurship in the Saudi Public Sector 4. HUG – Geneva University Hospital Index

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