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Social Entrepreneurs and Catalytic Change
Sandra A. Waddock and James E. Post
Public Administration Review
Vol. 51, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1991), pp. 393-401
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/976408
Page Count: 9
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What is social entrepreneurship, and what is its role in the public domain? Professors Waddock and Post focus on the activities of two social entrepreneurs to answer those questions and to provide some insight into the conditions that contribute to their work. Social entrepreneurs are private sector citizens who play critical roles in bringing about "catalytic changes" in the public sector agenda and the perception of certain social issues. Although not involved in direct actions to solve public problems, their work sets the stage and context for policy making and policy implementation activities. Using the leaders of Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Hands Across America as examples, Waddock and Post highlight the situational factors that made their projects so successful, including problem complexity, credibility, and a commitment to collective purpose.
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