Corporate Governance of Social Enterprises

This manual offers social entrepreneurs an opportunity to evaluate the needs, focus and personality of their social enterprise with the goal of determining which systems, processes, mechanisms and structures of governance will help their organization to achieve its goals. It offers practical advice on how to design governing boards and committees, what can be done with existing structures once set up to ensure they best serve the social enterprise, and how to transition effectively the governance structures as the needs of the social enterprise change.

The view of the authors is that no one governance mechanism fits all social enterprises; rather governance should be dynamic and adapt to the changing needs of the management team, the operating and regulatory environment, and the larger goals and vision of the social enterprise over its lifespan.

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