Governpreneurship

Governpreneurship

Establishing a Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit in Government

Robert D. Hisrich and Amr Al-Dabbagh

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.

Foreword

Robert D. Hisrich and Amr Al-Dabbagh

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, public management, politics and public policy, public administration and management

Extract

When I took office in 1993, I promised the American people I would make the federal government work better and cost less – that I would, in effect, ‘reinvent government.’ One of the first initiatives I launched, which would go on to become the longest running governmental reform program in history, was the National Performance Review (NPR), later renamed the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The NPR set out to create a more efficient and effective government by employing the principles the private sector had refined to increase performance and deliver the right conditions in which innovation and human potential could flourish. In short, we set out to make the government more entrepreneurial – more results-oriented, performance-based, and customer-focused. I asked Vice President Al Gore to lead the NPR, and knowing we had no time to waste, gave him just six months to come back to me with a full report. On September 7, 1993, he handed me a document detailing 1250 specific actions to improve the government’s ability to serve the American people. The report established four simple principles that would modernize government: (1) putting customers first; (2) cutting red tape; (3) empowering employees to get results; and (4) cutting back to basics. These four principles, though expanded upon in this book, are the cornerstones of entrepreneurial organizations, and ideally, entrepreneurial governments. By the time my Presidency drew to a close less than eight years later, the NPR’s achievements had quieted all skeptics. In that time, we saved $136 billion for...