Theoretical Perspectives on Public Entrepreneurship

Gerard McElwee, Joyce Liddle

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Abstract

Purpose: The interest in entrepreneurship in the public sector is recognized as an emergent phenomenon in the field of entrepreneurship. Existing theoretical work is limited in helping understand how entrepreneurship in public agencies occurs.
Design/Methodology/Approach: A conceptual paper which develops existing
literarture.
Findings:. Building on the work of Klein et al (2010) this paper contributes to
theoretical development by providing a map of public sector entrepreneurship.
Although, there are similar features shared by private and public sector
entrepreneurship, it is proposed that there are significant differences between them, particularly in that public sector enterprise can be seen as entrepreneurship without entrepreneurs.
Practical implications: This paper brings entrepreneurship from the periphery to the core of the theoretical debates, as it is an under researched area. Moreover, theoretical development has implications for policy and practice as existing research is disparate. One way of ensuring that this happens is to be open to new ways of transforming governance and public service delivery in co-production with stakeholders
Paper type: Research paper
Originality/value: Considers how entrepreneurship and enterprise in the public
sector is formulated. The significance of the paper is to highlight the importance of public entrepreneurs in working alongside a multitude of stakeholders to deal with numerous global and internal environment forces ethically amongst on-going budgetary and fiscal constraints. The contribution is the highlighting of the difficulties and concerns when uniting the discourse of market based entrepreneurship and the discourse of public sector service provision.
LanguageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Mar 2019

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Entrepreneurs
Co-production
Service provision
Design methodology
Public agencies
Fiscal
Governance
Stakeholders
Public service delivery

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Theoretical Perspectives on Public Entrepreneurship. / McElwee, Gerard; Liddle, Joyce.

In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 12.03.2019.

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