Tendering for a social cause: universities and social enterprise

Brown, Malcolm D. (2015) Tendering for a social cause: universities and social enterprise. Social Alternatives, 34 (2). pp. 27-32. ISSN 0155-0306


[Introduction]: The core argument of this article is that universities are part of the social enterprise sector and, therefore, that discerning and fulfilling the university mission means contributing to that sector. The paper examines the concept of social enterprise, and looks at ways in which universities already support the social enterprise sector through the core activities of research and teaching, and in more comprehensive ways. The article critically examines current practices, including an examination of the cooperative sector, and Muhammad Yunus’s concept of social business, to identify some prescriptions and proscriptions that will help discern and fulfill the university mission. Importantly, social enterprise means a complete break from the for-profit attitude, but with a willingness to use the tools of the for-profit sector. This combination can enable universities to contribute to healthy local economies and thriving local communities on which the health of the university sector itself depends.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 00:13
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 01:38
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28523

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