Entrepreneurship in the public sector: a framework of analysis in European local governments

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Abstract

In this paper we explore the potential role of entrepreneurship in public sector organizations. At first, we present a review of the entrepreneurship theme in the political science and public management research streams, comparing these ideas with the mainstream business literature on entrepreneurship. Thereafter, we illustrate empirically how Stevenson's classical framework of entrepreneurship can be applied in a European local government context to explain the recent initiatives to compete for and utilize European Union structural funds. The empirical basis of the study is comprised of ten in-depth case studies of local government organizations, five in the UK and five in Italy. Finally, we propose five distinct types of entrepreneurial agents in the public sector: professional politician; spin-off creator; business entrepreneur in politics; career-driven public officer; and politically ambitious public officer.

Authors Zerbinati, Stefania & Souitaris, Vangelis
Journal or Publication Title Entrepreneurship and regional development
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area Global Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 2005
Publisher Routledge
Volume 17
Number 1
Page Range 43-64
ISSN 0898-5626
Official URL https://doi.org/10.1080/0898562042000310723
Depositing User Prof. PhD Vangelis Souitaris
Date Deposited 15 Oct 2018 16:24
Last Modified 15 Oct 2018 16:24
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255340

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Zerbinati, Stefania & Souitaris, Vangelis (2005) Entrepreneurship in the public sector: a framework of analysis in European local governments. Entrepreneurship and regional development, 17 (1). 43-64. ISSN 0898-5626

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