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.

Preface

Robert D. Hisrich and Amr Al-Dabbagh

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

Extract

Starting and operating a new venture in one’s own country or globally, or being involved in corporate entrepreneurship involves considerable risk and energy to overcome all the obstacles involved; yet, even more risk and energy is involved in governpreneurship – establishing entrepreneurship in a government or government agency. It involves overcoming the inertia, rigidity, rules and regulations and bureaucratic nature of almost all governmental organizations to create something new – a new way of doing things, a new system and/or a new service. Governpreneurship becomes increasingly important in an era of economic downturn, reduced sources of revenue, and increased demand and expectation from constituencies. While entrepreneurship has traditionally been viewed as a private sector phenomenon, corporate and social entrepreneurship have developed in a number of different domains such as not-for-profits, for-profits and public sector organizations. Entrepreneurship is a universal concept that can be applied in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large national and multinational organizations, as well as social ventures, enterprises, communities and even governments. It is not limited to a select group of people: any person with the right orientation, decision making framework, drive and motivation can develop an entrepreneurial perspective and mindset. This perspective and mindset identifies a need and transforms a creative and innovative idea to fill that need. In organizations and governments, entrepreneurs challenge existing assumptions and look to generate value in more innovative and creative ways. Entrepreneurs change the way things are done by identifying opportunities and successfully filling them. Through this challenge and change renewal occurs....