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Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Business Solutions for Poverty Alleviation from Around the World

Edited by Daphne Halkias, PhD. is Senior Research Fellow, The Center for Youth and Family Enterprise (CYFE) at University of Bergamo in Italy and Paul W. Thurman, MBA is Clinical Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Business School, Columbia University in New York, USA.

In Entrepreneurship and Sustainability the editor and contributors challenge the notion that not-for-profit social entrepreneurship is the only sort that can lead to the alleviation of poverty. Entrepreneurship for profit is not just about the entrepreneur doing well. Multiple entrepreneurs worldwide have launched or are leading successful for-profit ventures in many fields which contribute to poverty alleviation in their communities. With the challenge of global poverty before them, entrepreneurs in every field continue to develop innovative, business-oriented ventures that deliver promising solutions to this complex and urgent agenda. This book explores how best to bring commercial investors together with those who are best placed to reach the poorest customers. With case studies from around the world, the focus of the contributions is on the new breed of entrepreneurs who are blending a profit motive with a desire to make a difference in their communities and beyond borders. A significant number of the contributions here also recognise that although much research has been devoted to the issue of poverty alleviation and its struggles in developing countries, this is only part of the story. Studies in this volume also give some attention to enterprise solutions to poverty in pockets of significant deprivation in high-income countries, such as can be found in the Appalachia region of the US, in parts of Europe, and the richer Asian countries. Much has been written about the achievements of socially orientated non-profit microfinance institutions. This valuable, academically rigorous but very accessible book will help academics, policy makers, and business people consider what the next generation of more commercially orientated banks for the ‘bottom billion’ might look like.

About the Editor:
Daphne Halkias, PhD. is Senior Research Fellow, The Center for Youth and Family Enterprise (CYFE) at University of Bergamo in Italy; Research Affiliate at the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell University; Affiliate, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA; CEO of Executive Coaching Consultants, an international consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural business, academic and research projects; Research Associate at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California, San Diego, USA; Editor of International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Member of ‘Business Fights Poverty’, an association committed to supporting poverty alleviation and social inclusion. Paul W. Thurman, MBA is Clinical Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Business School, Columbia University in New York, USA. His consulting and management experience spans strategic visioning, operations and change management, and technology strategy and implementation. He is also a much sought after executive coach, lecturer, business educator with consulting and executive education experience in over 15 countries and five continents.

Creating and re-creating Corporate Entrepreneurial Culture
Alzira Salama


Entrepreneurship is often considered only in the context of new venture creation, small business issues, and the profiles and personalities of individual entrepreneurs. The emphasis in Creating and Re-Creating Corporate Entrepreneurial Culture is very much on the ‘corporate’, it focuses on the creation and maintenance of an entrepreneurial management culture that accelerates growth and enhances effectiveness and competitiveness in large organisations. Alzira Salama explains what constitutes entrepreneurial behaviour, how it is facilitated by organisational culture and why entrepreneurial corporate culture is fundamental to business success. She takes you through ways of identifying prevailing cultures and explains how cultures are reinforced or changed. Drawing on exemplary case studies from around the world, she tells the stories both of successful and unsuccessful interventions made in response to the need to move on from bureaucratic or authoritarian cultures. These include specific instances where the context has been privatisation, merger and acquisition, transition in the wider economy, or a combination of any of these circumstances. This enlightening book will help managers and consultants, business educators, higher level students and those on executive programmes to understand the nature of an organisation’s culture, why it is as it is, whether it needs to change, and how it might be changed. Alzira Salama offers real world examples of how to create or re-create an entrepreneurial culture together with tools that will enable corporations to achieve it.

About the Author:
Dr Alzira Salama is a management consultant and a senior lecturer at the London campus of the European School of Economics (ESE), where she was Academic Director for four years. She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Lancaster University. Before embarking on academic life Alzira Salama worked for ten years as Management Development Manager for Verolme do Brazil, a large Dutch shipyard, and as an Executive Education specialist at Xerox Corporation. This experience has been fundamental for her understanding of human behaviour issues at the work place. Alzira Salama lectured at Cranfield School of Management. She was a visiting researcher and lecturer at the European Business School (EBS), London and at the London School of Economics (LSE). She has been involved in action research projects, delivered many conference papers and is widely published, winning awards in the process. Her earlier book is entitled Privatization: Implications for Corporate Culture Change.