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the dawn of the public sector entrepreneur

7 February 2011

It could be argued that the delivery of shared services requires a more entrepreneurial approach, and with that comes its own challenges. Can local authorities, who are traditionally risk averse, really transform themselves into entrepreneurial organisations and do we really want our local authorities to adopt an entrepreneurial ethos that encourages risk taking?

We would do well to remember that many entrepreneurs fail time and time again and that only a few truly succeed. So if we are to encourage entrepreneurism should we not limit that extent of the services exposed to any risks and should we not try to identify a new breed of local government employee who truly embraces this ethos. Perhaps more authorities need to follow the lead set by Sunderland who recently screened thousands of their employees for entrepreneurial talent!

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