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Influence of Public Policy on Small Enterprises Explored in Latest Book from St Mary’s Academic

Academic at St Marys’ University, Twickenham, Dr Chi Maher, has this month published a book examining the concept of social enterprise and the contribution small third sector social enterprises make to build social capital and contribution to the economy.

Titled Influence of Public Policy on Small Social Enterprises: Emerging Research and Opportunities, and published by IGI Global, the book presents a brief overview of the concept of social enterprise and the development of social enterprises in USA, Europe, Canada, Africa, Asia, China, Australia, New Zealand and Latin American. The resource specifically reviews UK public policy framework and how they influence social enterprises development and growth.

Publishers IGI Global note that the publication does not take a single perspective on public policy, but encourages readers to consider various policy agenda in order to reach a point of view and a guide to the development of public policy influence on UK small third sector social enterprises which could provide a basis for comparative studies.

Dr Chi Maher commented, Social enterprises undoubtedly boost the economic landscape and benefit causes that are important to society in general.

 “I hope that through examining the role of public policy within these small initiatives, we will provoke discussion around more effective methods for these two avenues to work together.”

 Christopher Hull, Head of the School of Management and Social Sciences at St Marys added, “I am delighted to see the publication of a scholarly resource that will encourage greater discussion on the interchange between public policy and the establishment and development of social enterprises in different global economies and the significant benefit that social enterprises have on society.

“At St Mary’s we are not only interested on the core principles of business, but on the policy direction, ethical underpinning and social benefit of the business world. It is therefore very fitting that, Chi has collated such a work on the hugely important subject of social enterprise.”

Dr Chi Maher teaches on a number of modules across the undergraduate and post-graduate courses at St Mary’s in Business Management.

 She has an MSc in Health Education from Kings College - University of London, MSc Management and Business Studies Research and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kingston University. In addition, Dr Maher is an award winner of the Westfocus Enterprising Business Award. 

Dr Maher’s latest publication, Influence of Public Policy on Small Social Enterprises: Emerging Research and Opportunities, covers legal funding, government policies, third-sector enterprises, and procurement procedures.

 As a reference publication it is relevant to academicians, students, government officials, business managers, and researchers that are interested in staying current on the latest advances in social enterprise.

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