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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume II by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 32

Systems Thinking for the Social Entrepreneur

Eliot Rich

University at Albany, State University of New York

Introduction

Creating and maintaining a social enterprise is a challenge, even to experienced managers. Recognizing the need for action, deciding the course to take, obtaining resources, and putting them into place take determination and vigor, commitment, and good fortune. Yet these are not sufficient to ensure continued success. The actions may require adjustment, the resources get used up and require replenishment, and the determination and vigor of the participants may wane. This chapter argues that the application of systemic thinking techniques helps the social enterprise identify the factors that strengthen or weaken its ...

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