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 4: HUG – Geneva University Hospital

Raphael H. Cohen

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


In spring 2011, Bernard Gruson, general director of the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Geneve (HUG – Geneva University Hospital), was reflecting on what had happened since he had been appointed general manager of this 10 000-employee institution in 1999. His main source of satisfaction was derived from successfully uniting a series of different entities into a coherent and respected organization. He was also very happy to see the cultural change that had taken place.

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