Theoretical perspectives on public entrepreneurship

Liddle, Joyce and McElwee, Gerard (2019) Theoretical perspectives on public entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 25 (6). pp. 1308-1320. ISSN 1355-2554

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2019-0067

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. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach: This is a conceptual paper which develops the literature. Findings: Building on the work of Klein et al. (2010) this paper contributes to theoretical development by providing an overview of public sector entrepreneurship (PSE). Although, there are similar features shared by private and PSE, it is proposed that there are significant differences between them, particularly in that public sector enterprise can be seen as entrepreneurship without entrepreneurs. Research limitations/implications: As a conceptual paper on PSE the literature is predominantly UK based. 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. Originality/value: The paper 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public entrepreneurship, New policy arenas, Animateurs, Space and place
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N400 Accounting
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39746

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