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.

Appendix 1: The Irish Celtic Tiger

Patricia Kavanagh

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


Ireland, also referred to as the Emerald Isle or the Land of Saints and Scholars, is a small well-developed trade-dependent country, which is ranked high worldwide for its press and economic freedoms. Ireland is a member of the EU, the OECD, the WTO and the UN with a population of approximately 6.2 million people. Around 4.5 million people live in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million people live in Northern Ireland. Its location and the other EU countries are indicated in Figure A1.1. Ireland is famous for its contribution to the world of literature and the arts; for its traditional style of Irish music and dance; its unique sense of humor, style of theatre and modern rock music. Ireland is also well known for its lush green land, its food, its excellent educational system, political freedom and democracy. More recently, Ireland has become famous for its legendary so-called ‘economic miracle’ the ‘Celtic Tiger’. At the height of the Celtic Tiger, the Irish people were showered with wealth and affluence for over a 10-year period as the economy grew by 5 to 6 percent annually.

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