Tendering for a social cause: universities and social enterprise

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

ERA Journal ID19019
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AuthorBrown, Malcolm D.
Journal TitleSocial Alternatives
Journal Citation34 (2), pp. 27-32
Number of Pages6
Year2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0155-0306
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=427854416446519;res=IELLCC
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[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.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441099. Sociology not elsewhere classified
389999. Other economics not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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