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Institute Executive Director Jerr Boschee has been an advisor to social entrepreneurs in the United States and elsewhere for more than 40 years.  He has delivered keynote speeches or conducted master classes in 43 states and 21 countries.
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The Social Enterprise Alliance Knowledge Center also contains a wide range of print resources, many of which do not appear below.  You can find the Knowledge Center here.

In August 2008, the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, with the help of many people in the social enterprise sector, published Evolution of the social enterprise industry:  A chronology of key events” that traced the history and development of the social enterprise ecosystem.  The intention had been to update the chronology every year, but when the recession hit the United States social enterprise exploded onto the scene, as it often has when government and philanthropic dollars suddenly become scarce.  So much happened during the subsequent years no effort has been made to create an update.

With that in mind, the bibliography below is divided into three sections:  Books about social enterprise published from 2008 through the present; books about social enterprise published prior to 2008; and books published in either of those time periods that may be only indirectly related to social enterprise but have significant value for anybody starting a small business.

BOOKS ABOUT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PUBLISHED FROM 2008 THROUGH THE PRESENT

Ashta, Arvind. A Realistic Theory of Social Entrepreneurship: A Life Cycle Analysis of Micro-Finance. Palgrave Pivot, 2019

Block, Jean. The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me the (Unrestricted) Money! Charity Channel Press, 2013

 

Black, Liam. The Social Entrepreneurs A to Z: On Anxiety, Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep. London Fields Publishing Ltd, publishers of Pioneers Posts, PioneersPost.com, 2014

 

Banks, Ken.  Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation:  International Case Studies and Practice. Kogan Page, 2016


Baron, Robet A. Essentials of Entrepreneurship:  Evidence and Practice.  Edward Elgar, 2014

 

Boschee, JerrJerr’s Journal: My Adventures in Social Enterprise. The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, 2016


Boschee, Jerr (editor). The Chronicle of Social Enterprise. 2009

 

Carlson, Eric, and James Koch. Building a Succesful Social Venture: A Guide for Social Entrepreneurs. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018

 

Cheng-Tozun, Dorcas. Let There d.light: How One Social Enterprise Brought Solar Products to 100 Million People. d.light, inc. 2020


Cleland, Daniel. Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures, and Social Enterprise in the Amazon.Lioncrest Publishing, 2016


Cohen, Sir Ronald. Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change. Morgan James Publishing, 2021


Colwell, Ken. Starting a Business QuckStart Guide:  The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Launcing a Successful Small Business, Turning Your Vision into Reality, and Achieving Your Entrepreneurial Dream. Clydebank Media, 2019


Copus, Earl, Jr.  Melwood: A Story of Empowerment. 2007


Defoumy, Jacques, and Marthe Nyssens (editors). Social Enterprise in Western Europe: Theory, Models and Practice (Routlede Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation). Routledge, 2021


Denny, Simon, and Frederik Seddon. Social Enterprise: Accountability and Evaluation around the World. Routledge, 2013


Eggers, William D., and Paul Macmillan. The Solution Revoution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems. Harvard Business Review Press, 2013


Emerson, Jed, Tim Freundlich, Jim Fruchterman (with Lren Berlin and Keely Stevenson). Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Addressing the Critical Gaps in Risk-Taking Capital for Social Enterprise. Said Business School (Oxford University), 2007


Eynaud, Philippe, and Jean-Louis Laville, Luciane dos Santos, Swati Banerjee, Flor Avelino, and Lars Hulgard (editors).  Theory of Social Enterprise and Pluralism: Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South (Routledge Stuies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation. Routledge, 2019


Eynaud, Philippe, and Jean-Louis Laville, Luciane doS Santos, and Swati Banerjee (editors).  Theory of Social Enterprise and Pluralism. Routledge, 2021


Frances, Nic. The End of Charity: Time for Social Enterprise. Allen & Unwin, 2014

Frankel, Carl, and Allen Bromberger. The Art of Social Enterprise: Business as if People Mattered. New Society Publishers, 2013


Freedman, Ben, and Craig Carey. 4th Sector Entrepreneurship: How to lead and grow a sustainable high-impact social enterprise that consistently delivers value. Writing Matters, 2019


Gordon, Michael. Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, and Staying True. Routledge, 2019


Greico, Cecilia. Assessing Social Impact of Social Enterprises: Does One Size Really Fit All? Springer Briefs in Buinseess, 2015


Harmer, Mary Anne, and Tom Hering. Putting Soul Into Business: How the Benefit Corporation is Transforming American Business for Good. HCollaborative, 2017


Harper, Malcolm, and Nadiya Parekh. Social Enterprise: Cases and Analysis for Understnading Social Business. Routledge, 2021


Kickul, Jill and Thomas S. Lyons. Understanding Socil Entrepreneurship:  The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever-Changing World. Routledge, 2016


Kochan, Romy Gingras. What Every Investor Needs to Know about Social Enterprise. 2013

Lane, Marc J. The Mission- Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Socil Problems. Wiley Nonprofit Authority, 2015

 

Laville, Jean-Louis, Dennis R. Young, Philippe Eynaud (editors). Civil Society, the Third Sector and Social Enterprise: Governance and Democracy (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy). Routledge, 2015

Lefler, Juliana. How Social Enterprise is Emerging: Game-Changing Concepts around Social Entrepreneurship: Early-Stage Silicon Valley. Independently published, 2021

Lonigro, Emily and Demetrio P. Maguigad. Branding for Changemakers: A guide for defining and communicating your brand’s Impact. 2018


Lynch, Kevin and Walls, Julius, Jr. Mission, Inc.: The Practitioner’s Guide to Social Enterprise. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009

 

Mair, Johanna, Jeffrey Robinson, Kal Hockerts (editors). Social Entrepreneurship. 2006


Manos, Matthew, Kate Manos, Cindy Stuart (editors). Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise. verynice, 2016

May, John, and Simmons, Cal:  Every Business Needs an Angel:  Getting the Money You Need to Make Your Business Grow. Crown Business, 2001


Media, Michael. Social Media Marketing 2022: The Ultimate Powerful and Exhaustie Guide that will Make You Become a Wanted Digital Marketing Professional. Independently published, 2022


Minnich, Aimee. The Profitable Charity: Accelerating Impact and Growing Revenue through Charity Enterprise. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015


Mosher-Williams, Rachel. Research on Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding and Contributing to an Emerging Field.ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action), 2006


Pallotta, Dan. Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential. Tufts University Press, 2008

 

McClelland, James M. Home Runs and Strikeouts in a Social Enterprise: A Leadership Memoir. BookBaby, 2022


Onions, Fernanda. A comprehensive guide on social enterprise: Eveything you need to know to setup a social enterprise and succeed. Independently published, 2018

Petit, Patrick U. (editor). Creating a New Civilization through Social Entrepreneurship. Goi Press Foundation, 2011

 

Seedco Policy Center. The Limits of Social Enterprise:  A Field Study & Case Analysis. 2007


Shaw, Madeleine. The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for Everyday People Who Want to Change the World. Wonderwell, 2021

 

Social Enterprise Alliance (multiple authors). Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-won Lessons for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs. Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint, 2010


Spreckley, Freer. Essential Social Enterprise: a just transition to a regenerative fair future. Grosvenor House Publishing Limitied, 2021


Stoddard, Ross. Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscous Business. 2018


Stephens, Melodena. Business with Purpose:  Advancing Social Enterprise. World Scientific, 2020


Thomas, Howard, and Joshi Havovi (editors). Asia’s Social Entrepreneurs: Do Well, Do Good . . . Do Sustainable. Routledge, 2021


Walske, Jennifer M., and Elizabeth Foster and Laura D. Tyson. Scaling the Social Enterprise: Lessons Learned from Founds of Social Startups. Edgar Elgar Publishing, 2021


Welch, Wilford. The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World. Earth Aware Editions, 2008

 

Wolk, Andrew.  Social Entrepreneurship and Government: A New Breed of Entrepreneurs Developing Solutions to Social Problems. Small Business Administration (SBA), 2007


Wolk, Andrew and Kelly Kreitz.  Busines Planning for Enduring Social Impact:  A Social-Entrepreneurship Approach to Solving Social Problems. RootCause, 2008


Young, Dennis (editor). Wise Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: Using Nonprofit Resources Effectively (Nonprofit Management Guides). The National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, 2006


Young, Dennis, and Elizabeth A. M. Searing and Cassady V. Brewer (authors and editors).  The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide for Perplexed Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Leaders, Investors and Policymakers. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016

 

BOOKS ABOUT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO 2008

Alter, Kim. Social Enterprise: A Typlogy of the Field Contextualized in Latin America. Inter0American Development Bank, 2003

Alter, Sutia Kim. Managing the Double Bottom Line: A Business Planning Guide for Social Enterprises. Washington, D.C.: Save The Children, 2000 See also www.virtueventures.com/setypology/semg.aspx for Kim Alter’s “social enterprise typology”

 

Black, Liam, and Jeremy Nicholls. There’s No Business Like Social Business: How to Be Socially Enterprising. 2004


Bornstein, David. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Oxford University Press, USA, 2004


Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Social Entrepreneurship: The Art of Mission-Based Venture Development. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000

 

Boschee, Jerr. Merging Mission and Money: A Board Member’s Guide to Social Entrepreneurship. National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1998


Boschee, Jerr. The Social Enterprise Sourcebook. The Northland Institute, 2001

 

Boschee, Jerr. Migrating from Innovation to Entrepreneurship: How Nonprofits are Moving Toward Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency. Publishing That Matters, Inc. 2006


Boschee, Jerr.  Boschee on Marketing: Positioning & Marketing Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs. Encore! Press, 2007

 

Brown, Peter.  The Complete Guide to Money-Making Ventures for Nonprofit Organizations. The Taft Group, 1986

 

Cagnon, Charles. Successful Business Ventures for Non-Profit Organizations. The Northern Rockies Action Group, 1982


Crimmins, James C., and Mary Kell. Enterprise in the Nonprofit Sector. 1982

 

Dees, J. Gregory, Jed Emerson and Peter Economy. Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001

  

Dees, J. Gregory, Jed Emerson and Peter Economy. Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002

 

Democracy Collaborative, The (University of Maryland, The Aspen INstitute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, and Community Wealth Ventures). Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems. 2005


DuRand, John. The Affirmative Enterprise. St. Paul, MN: MDI Press, 1990

 

Emerson, Jed, and Fay Twersky (editors). New Social Entrepreneurs: The Success, Challenge and Lessons of Non-Profit Enterprise Creation. Roberts Foundation, Homeless Economic Development Fund, 1996

 

Emerson, Jed. The Nature of Returns: A Social Capital Markets Inquiry into Elements of Investment and the Blended Value Proposition. 2000


Enterprising Non-Profits Program. The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide. 2005


Erickson, Gary, and Laura Lorentzen. Raising the Bar: The Story of Clif Bar Inc. (A Journey Toward Sustaining Your Business rand, People, Community, and the Planet. Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 2004

  

Firstenberg, Paul B. Managing for Profit in the Nonprofit World. The Foundation Center, 1986


Landy, Laura. Something Ventured, Something Gained: A Business Development Guide for Non-Profit Organizations. Center for Non-Profit Corporations, 1987


Larson, Rolfe. Venture Forth! The Essential Guide to Starting a Moneymaking Business in Your Nonprofit Organization. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2002


Leadbetter, Charles.  The Rise of the social entrepreneur. DEMOS, 1997


McClurg, James. BUSINESS PLAN PRO: The Social Enterprise Edition. Social Enterprise Allliance, 2005

 

McCormack, Kristen J., and Sarah M., Elsinger. Profiting from zPurpose:  Profiles of Success and Challenge in Eight Social Purpose Businesses. Bostson University School of Management. 2005


Massarsky, Cynthia. Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Jossey-Bass, 1994


Nicholls, Dr. Alex, ed. Social Entrepreneurship: New Paradigms of Sustainable Social Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

 

Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team. Get Ready, Get Set: Starting Down the Road to Self-Financing. Providencia, Santiago, Chile: Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), 2004

 

Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team. The NGO-Business Hybrid: Is the Private Sector the Answer? Washington, DC: The Program on Social Change and Development, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1997


Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team. Risky Business: The Impacts of Merging Mission and Market. Providencia, Santiago, Chile: Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), 2004

 

Olszak, Lisa M., and Matthew S. Sidorick, with contributions from Robert L. Goldbach and Kate A. Spher.  A Study of Social Enterprise Training & Support Models. Olszak Management Consulting, Inc., 2003

 

Paton, Rob. Managing and Measuring Social Enterprise. 2003


Pepin, John, and Warren Tranquada and John Baker.  Social Entrepreneurship: A Reference Guide. APERIO, 2004 (re-issued with new material in 2007 as Social Sector Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

 

Oster, Sharon, with Cynthia W. Massarsky and Samantha L. Beinhacker. Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies.

 

Reis,Thomas K., and Stephanie J. Clohesy.  Unleashing New Resources and Entrepreneurship for the Common Good:  A Scan, Synthesis and Scenario for Action. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1999


Roberts Enterprise Development Fund. REDF Box Set: Social Purpose Enterprises and Venture Philanthropy in the New Millennium. 1999

 

Robinson, Andy. Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out). Chardon Press, 2002


Sealey, Kelvin Shawn, with Jerr Boschee, Jed Emerson, Wendy A. Sealey (editors).  A Reader in Social Enterprise.  Distributed at the Second Nationanl Gathering of Social Entrepreneurs, 2000

 

Simons, Robin, and Lisa Farber Miller and Peter Langsfelder. Nonprofit Piggy Goes to Market.1984


Skloot, Edward (editor). The Nonprofit Entrepreneur: Creating Ventures to Earn Income. The Foundation Center, 1988


Steckel, Dr. Richard, Robin Simons, Peter Lengsfelder.  Filthy Rich & Other Nonprofit Fantasies: Changing the Way Nonprofits Do Business in the 1990s. Ten Speed Press, 1989

Steckel, Dr. Richard, Robin Simons, Jeffrey Simons , Norman Tanen. Making Money While Making a Difference: How to Profit with a Nonprofit Partner. High Tide Press, Inc., 1999


Yunus, Muhammad. Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs. PublicAffairs, 2010

 

BOOKS WITH SIGNIFICANT VALUE FOR PEOPLE STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS

 

Austin, James E. The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliances. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000

Barker, Joel Arthur. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. New York: HarperBusiness, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, 1992

Barker, Joel Arthur. Future Edge: Discovering the New Paradigms of Success. William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1992

Beckwith, Harry. Selling the Invisible:  A Field Guide to Modern Marketing. Warner Books, Inc., 1997

Bornstein, David How to Change the World:  Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas 2007

Bozonne, Vincent.  Speed to Market: Lean Manufacturinjg for Job Shops, Second Edition. American Management Association (AMACOM), 2002

Brattina, Anita F. Diary of a Small Business Owner: A Personal Account of How I Built a Profitable Business. New York: American Management Association, 1996

Brodsky, Norm, and Bo Burlingham. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up. Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2008

Brooks, Harvey, and Lance Liebman and Corinne Schelling (editors).  Public-Private Partnership: New Opportunities for Meeting Social Needs. Published for the American Academy of Arts and Science by Ballinger Publishing Company, A Subsidiary of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1984

Bygrave, William D. The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 3rd Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003

Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . And Others Don’t. HarperBusiness, 2001

Collins, James C., and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1984

Drucker, Peter F.  The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask about Your Nonnprofit Organization. Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc., 1993

Geick, Roger van A Whack on the Side of the Head

Hawken, Paul. Growing a Business. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988

Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath.  Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Random House/Broadway Books, 2010

Heath, Chip, and Dan. Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.  Random House, 2007

Hisrich, Robert D. Advanced Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014

Kawasaki, Guy. TWhe Artof the Start:The Time-Tested, Battle0Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. Penguin Group, 2004

Kelly, Francis J., and Heather Mayfield Kelly. What they Really Don’t Teach You at the Harvard Business School. Warner Books, 1986

Kotler, Philip and Alan R. Andreasen. Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations (Sixth Edition). New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2002

Kotler, Philip. Marketing Insights from A to Z: 80 Concepts Every Manager Needs to Know. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

McCormick, Mark H.  What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Busienss School: Notes from a Street-Smart Executive. Bantam Books/A John Boswell Associates Book, 1984

McCormick, Mark H. What They STILL Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. 1989

McLaughlin, Thomas A. Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances: A Strategic Planning Guide. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998

Norris, William C. New Frontiers for Business Leadership. Dorn Books, 1982

Pallotta, Dan.  Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential . Tuft University Press, 2008

Reis, Al and Jack Trout. Positioning: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace . . . The Battle for YOur Mind. McGraw Hill, 2001

Robinson, Andy. Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002

Shore, Bill. Revolution of the Heart: A New Strategy for Creating Wealth and Meaningful Change. New York: Riverhead Books, published by The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1995

Shore, Bill. The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back. New York: Random House, 1999

Straw, Julie and Alison Brown Cerier. The 4-Dimensional Manager:  DiSC Strategies for Managing Different People in the Best Ways. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, 2002                                               

Trout, Jack, with Steve Rivkin. The New Positioning: The Latest on the World’s #1 Business Strategy. McGraw-Hill Inc., 1996

Trout, Jack, and Al Reis. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1994