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 2: Singapore: The Lion City

Katie Nehlsen

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


Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has been studied from numerous economic, political and sociological perspectives attempting to understand its unexpected economic success. Singapore’s British colonial rule left a political impression on the people who are now governed by more of a unicameral parliamentary system. This decidedly authoritarian slant is, in some ways, contradictory to the cultural heritage of the natives. Critics of big government have been waiting for nearly five decades for Singapore to collapse or at least have substantial economic and social difficulties. The economy was impacted when China and other Asian tigers emerged as serious competition in the global market in the 1990s, and significant problems arose during the currency crisis in Asia in 1997. However, Singapore adapted to the changing environment, as other autocratic countries failed to do, and flourished. Despite the Western notion that democratic capitalism is the only formula for success, Singapore continues to prosper as one of the strongest and most fascinating economies in the world.

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