David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
June 30, 2006
The product of Social Enterprise Knowledge Network teamwork, Effective Management of Social Enterprises, is path-breaking in capturing and analyzing smart social enterprise practices in Latin America. No other publication has evaluated simultaneously and comparatively how 20 leading NGOs and 20 leading businesses in the region and in Spain have planned, approached, and implemented their social actions.
The book advances the frontiers of knowledge and practice by documenting the realities of social enterprise experience in the region, offering insights on intelligent practices, providing conceptual management frameworks for the key elements of high-performing social enterprises, and identifying common areas of success in both business and CSO operations.
The book is designed not simply to be read, but to be acted upon. It looks at leadership, strategy, organizational culture and values, organizational structure, human resources, funding, governance, and performance measurement. It explains that each chapter’s conceptual framework can serve the reader “as a useful way to think about and analyze each of these key practice areas.” Entrepreneurs anywhere can easily lift lessons and examples to apply in their own organizations.