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Within this section you will find many useful resources, including information about selected books, articles and working papers. In addition, you can download the Social Business Bibliography, which will give you a comprehensive overview about relevant social business literature including books, working papers, case studies, etc.
GCL Social Business Bibliography

The Social Business Bibliography gives you an overview about relevant social business literature including books, working papers, case studies. The list will be updated regularly.
You can download the Social Business Bibliography here

Yunus, Muhammad. Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanitys Most Pressing Needs. New York: Public Affairs, 2010

In his second book on social business, “Building social business models”, Muhammad Yunus looks more deeply into the concept of social business and offers a practical guidance for creators of social businesses. Important issues such as the formulation of seven principles for the creation of social business or legal and financial frameworks are presented and discussed in Yunus’ most recent book.

Yunus, Muhammad. Creating a World without Poverty – Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. New York: Public Affairs, 2007.

In 2007, Yunus for the first time formulated his visions in “Creating a World without Poverty” and pioneered and defined the idea of social business. In this book, Yunus gives an account of social business and describes how his ideas moved from microcredit to the first social business designs, such as Grameen Bank and Grameen Danone. Yunus writes about the development and implementation of these social business ideas and about the lessons learnt from his experiences. The “Times” concludes: "Not only does it read as swiftly as a thriller, it turns the dreary science of development economics inside out."

Yunus, Muhammad. Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. New York: Public Affairs, 2003.

“Banker to the Poor” is the unique founding story of the Grameen Bank’s microcredit system that is based on Muhammad Yunus’ idea to extend credit to the poor so that they can help themselves. In clear and conversational tone, Yunus tells this story from his personal perspective and gives insight into the concept, premises, and challenges of the Grameen bank. In 2006, Grameen and Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.

Richter, Roger & Spiegel, Peter. The Power of Dignity - Die Kraft der Würde: The Grameen Family. Bielefeld: Kamphausen, 2008.

„The Power of Dignity“ is a book of Peter Spiegel (essays) and Roger Richter (photos) that aims to change our view of the poor. It contains photographs of and essays about people in rural, poor areas of Bangladesh. The persons appearing in these photos belong to the Grameen family; the employees and owners of Grameen organisations as well as microcredit borrowers and founders of small, independent businesses. “The Power of Dignity” takes a new perspective by encountering people with an aesthetic of dignity instead of presenting people seeking help.

Wimmer, Nancy. Green Energy for a Billion Poor— How Grameen Shakti Created a Winning Model for Social Business. MCRE Verlag, 2012.

This book of Nancy Wimmer, who is an entrepreneur, researcher and advisor to the World Council of Renewable Energy, examines the case of Grameen Shakti. This social business was established in 1996 to promote and develop renewable energy technologies in remote, rural areas of Bangladesh. Wimmer tells the success story of Grameen Shakti and gives insights into the inner mechanics, strategies and values of the company.

Humberg, Kerstin. Poverty Reduction through Social Business? Lessons learnt from Grameen Joint Ventures in Bangladesh. oekom, 2012.

This book of Kerstin Humberg links Yunus’ idea of social business to various scientific and development policy contexts and analyses it against these backgrounds. Thereby, Humberg differentiates the approach from both nonprofit organizations and profit-maximizing companies. The second part of the book presents two case studies, i.e. Grameen Danone and Grameen Shakti, and analyses and compares them. “Poverty Reduction through Social Business?” is the first comprehensive empirical study of Yunus’ social businesses in Bangladesh.

The Journal of Social Business

“The Journal of Social Business” was initated by Zasheem Ahmed, an economist and director of the Centre for Development (CfD) Scotland. It is one of the first academic journals in the field of social business and aims to achieve a balance between academic and practitioner community. The journal encourages scholarly research and invites contributions that offer ideas, observations and analysis in a broad range areas associated with social business.

Social Business

“Social Business” is a new double-blind peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal launched in 2011 and publishing four issues per year. The journal seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience, insights and ideas about the theory and practice of social business. Another ambition of “Social Business” is to attract contributions from scholars who perceive the opportunity to apply their work to critical issues facing modern society.

Social Business Lab Reports  
ESPM Sao Paulo / Brazil / April 23 & 24, 2012

This report is the first of its kind as a series of summary reports from our Social Business Labs, which were and will be held at universities all around the world. This report gives an overview about the topics and results, which were discussed during the Social Business Lab at ESPM in Sao Paulo. You can download the report >>here<<