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Building Social Business

The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs

Muhammad Yunus



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Public Affairs
02 June 2011
Economics & Business; Business strategy; Management & management techniques
Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a new dimension for capitalism which he calls social business. The social business model has been adopted by corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across the globe. Its goal is to create self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth as they produce goods and services to fulfill human needs. In Building Social Business , Yunus shows how social business can be put into practice and explains why it holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.
By:   Muhammad Yunus
Imprint:   Public Affairs
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 143mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   233g
ISBN:   9781586489564
ISBN 10:   1586489569
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   02 June 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Muhammad Yunus was born in Chittagong, a sea-port in Bangladesh. The third of fourteen children, he was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972 he became head of the economics department at Chittagong University. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank. Yunus and Grameen Bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

Reviews for Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs

There are times when Professor Yunus' aims for Glasgow sound like something out of the Conservative's Big Society pitch. His latest book, Building Social Business, is 300 pages of Big Society pleading for people to go out there and create businesses which generate cash and contribute to the greater good at the same time. --TheIndependent In nine short, well-written chapters, Yunus provides genuine insight into global poverty and a unique perspective on the ways in which social businesses can coexist with traditional businesses to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the world's citizens. --CHOICE Giving poor people the resources to help themselves, Dr. Yunus has offered these individuals something more valuable than a plate of food, namely security in its basic form.... Dr. Yunus has invoked a new basis for capitalism whereby social business has the potential to change the failed promise of free market enterprise. --SacramentoBook Review [A] reminder that capitalism can take kindlier forms: microfinance pioneer Yunus explains how he believes social enterprise can redeem what he regards as the failed promise of free markets. --TheSpectator 'Social business is about joy, ' says Yunus. Indeed, and the book itself is joy to read. In modest prose, Yunus tells of undertakings that instill hope. He also gives a lot of ideas, along with nuts-and-bolts practical advice for people who are ready to take the plunge into the world of social business. In the years to come, it seems certain that social business will become an integral part of our economic structure and will positively change the lives of many people. --MalaysiaStar

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