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Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Social Value Creation
Relevance for Contemporary Social Work Practice
Monica Nandan, Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, and Gokul Mandayam, Editors
ISBN: 978-0-87101-538-9. 2019. Item #5389. 304 pages.
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Innovators. Pioneers. Change agents. Social entrepreneurs challenge the assumption that social good and entrepreneurialism are incompatible. Building on social workers’ long history of innovation promoting social justice and change for the common good, this informative book explores the trends, organizational practices, and broad system-level advances that drive contemporary social work.

Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Social Value Creation presents innovative, adaptable, and scalable strategies to complex social and human problems. Sharing their deep knowledge and personal experiences, the authors provide concepts, principles, skills, and practical examples of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial social work across the globe.

Using real-world scenarios throughout, the authors demonstrate how social innovation, entrepreneurship, and value chain approaches can shift from a business-only model to the core of social work practice. In every chapter, they show how social entrepreneurship can be applied to a specific area of practice, deeply connecting the related social work values and ethics to each enterprise.

Written for both existing and budding social entrepreneurs, this bold work demonstrates how to implement the innovative mezzo and macro practices that promote positive change.
Foreword by Darrell P. Wheeler

Part I: Intersection of Social Work Practice with Social Entrepreneurship, Social Intrapreneurship, and Social Innovation

Chapter 1: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Intrapreneurship, Social Innovation, and Social Value Creation: An Overview and Implications for Social Work
Monica Nandan, Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, Gokul Mandayam, and Archana Singh

Chapter 2: Innovation and Creativity in Nonprofits
Kristina Jaskyte Bahr

Chapter 3: Social Innovation and Social Work Practice
James M. Mandiberg, Joshua P. H. Livingston, and Joe Silva

Chapter 4: Financial Inclusion and Social Entrepreneurship
Mathieu R. Despard

Chapter 5: Macro Practice and Its Relationship to Social Innovation
Stephanie Cosner Berzin

Part II: Global Examples of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Intrapreneurship, Social Innovation, and Social Value Creation: Relevance for Social Work Practice

Chapter 6: Child Helpline International: From Social Work Field Action Project to an International Social Entrepreneurial Venture.
Jeroo Billimoria

Chapter 7: Community Development, Empowerment, and Social Entrepreneurship by "Thankyou": An Australian Example
Manohar Pawar

Chapter 8: Innovation in a Chinese Social Work Context
Louise Brown and Jie Lei

Chapter 9: Innovative Practices in Financial Inclusion and Asset Building: Relevance for Social Work Practice
Mathieu R. Despard

Chapter 10: Social Entrepreneurship: Case of Livelihoods and Economic Development in an Urban Environment in India
Archana Singh

Chapter 11: Social Entrepreneurship: Case Examples in Homelessness and Mental Health in the United States
Carol S. Collard and Irene Searles McClatchey

Chapter 12: Social Entrepreneurship: A Zanzibari Example
Ronya Foy Connor and Tricia B. Bent-Goodley

Chapter 13: Self-Help Groups as Social Enterprises: Citizen-Driven Social Entrepreneurship in India
Mahasweta M. Banerjee

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Monica Nandan, PhD, MSW, has over 25 years of experience working in communities and serving on nonprofit boards dealing with aging, sustainability of nonprofit programs, homelessness, social welfare, bereavement, and health care. With her finance (MBA), health care administration, and social work academic training, she has taught traditional and nontraditional courses in social work. For example, she has taught courses on social innovation, community organizing and social entrepreneurship, and empowering women through social entrepreneurship. She has served as chairperson of social work programs and as interim dean of a college of health and human services. For almost 15 years, her scholarship activities were in gerontology and health care. Some of the journals she has published in include Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Social Work Research, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, and Gerontology & Geriatric Education. Over the past eight years, her scholarship has pertained to social entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary education. Her more recent publications are in the Journal of Faculty Development, Journal of College Teaching and Learning, Journal of Interprofessional Care, International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Education + Training, and Administration in Social Work. She also contributed book chapters in publications like Occupational Social Work/Employee Assistance Program, Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, and Aging Education in a Global Context. She serves on the editorial board of the International Management Review. She has published several pieces in gerontological, social work, and social work managers’ newsletters. She has presented at several national conferences, and over past three years she has been invited to present at an internationally recognized institution of higher education in Mumbai, India.

Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Columbia University, and she has over 25 years of experience as a professional social worker. Through sustained federal and foundation funding, she has developed and designed culturally specific interventions rooted in social value creation and entrepreneurial thinking in areas such as healthy relationship education; HIV prevention; faith-based interventions; engaging men and boys; and sexual assault and domestic 280 Social Entrepreneurship violence education, prevention, and intervention. Serving in numerous local and national capacities, she has received extensive national, regional, and local awards and demonstrates her commitment to addressing issues of inequity and social justice through her service. Bent-Goodley is a professor at Howard University School of Social Work. As the editor-in-chief of Social Work, the flagship journal of the National Association of Social Workers, she was the second African American woman to serve in this role in the journal’s 60+ year history. She served as the founding director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program – the office dedicated to providing prevention education, advocacy, intervention, policy development, coordination, training, and bystander prevention education in the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. She also serves as a founding member and chair of the Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and is a former national elected board member of the Council on Social Work Education. Bent-Goodley is the author and editor of many publications, including The Ultimate Betrayal: A Renewed Look at Intimate Partner Violence and By Grace: Challenges, Strengths, and Promise of African American Marriage.

Gokul Mandayam, PhD, joined the faculty of University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW) in the fall of 2017 and is affiliated with the school’s interdisciplinary social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiative. Before joining UBSSW, he taught macro social work practice courses for 12 years at various universities in the United States, the Middle East, and India. His interdisciplinary research interests include social innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit management, program evaluation, and application of spatial analysis technology for human services. Before coming to the United States, he consulted for a variety of social development projects in India on topics ranging from non-land-based income generation and evaluation of fish harvesting practices in coastal communities to government nutrition programs and female infanticide. He has published articles on microfinance and spatial analysis for planning social services and has presented at several national and international conferences.
For those of us concerned about the gradual declining professional space left for social workers in some countries as other professional groups take over areas previously under social work responsibility, and as new legislation and procedures dramatically reduce the space for professional decision making and discretion, this book offers an opportunity to move in the other directions... This important book is a wonderful invitation for social workers to recapture their place and role as social entrepreneurs and social innovators—a place that for many years have been left for other professional groups.

Yohai Hakak, PhD, MSW
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Brunel University London

Read Dr. Hakak's full review here.


This is a forward-thinking book that advances and helps to define the profession for the 21st century. The fact that much in social work can be renamed and reframed as enterprise development, intrapreneurship, and entrepreneurship adds to the relevance for our field. The authors and editors set the stage for this old-new thinking and practice.

Katharine Briar-Lawson, MSW
Professor and dean emerita, School of Social Welfare
University at Albany, State University of New York
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