Yeheskel (Zeke) Hasenfeld

AREAS OF INTEREST

Homelessness
Nonprofits and Nongovernmental Organizations
Poverty
Welfare

SELECTED BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

Social Enterprises: An Organizational Perspective
Nonprofit Human-Service Organizations, Social Rights, and Advocacy in a Neoliberal Welfare State
Social Enterprises

Social enterprises have been a growing phenomenon around the world in the past decade. Theauthors of this volume argue that they represent a unique type of organization. By combiningsocial goals with a business orientation, both critical for their mission and survival, they represent abreed of organization with two kinds of logic that in the past were not perceived as belongingunder the same organizational roof. The business logic, with its focus on competition and privateownership, did not seem a fitting context in which to deal with social issues or problems. These aretraditionally dealt with by a service logic that emphasizes a charitable, empathetic orientation.Putting these two orientations together calls for creative organizational solutions, especially ifthese organizations are to be stable and sustainable. Social Enterprises presents a first attempt todo that. An organizational perspective of social enterprises allows us to analyze issues such as theirgoverning structure, their modes of operation and their marketing strategies, and begins toformulate some theoretical constructs on how these entities can survive and thrive. This volume provides not only a theoretical and empirical basis to examine these issues, but an internationalperspective as well.

Research Professor of Social Welfare
Social Welfare
Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan
(310) 825-2194 x 52194
(310) 206-7564

Dr. Hasenfeld's research focuses on the dynamic relations between social welfare policies, the organizations that implement these policies and the people who use their services. The study of these relations enables policy makers and practitioners to understand how social welfare policies and services are actually delivered by workers and experienced by clients, and the resulting impact the policies have on the well-being of their recipients.

Prof. Hasenfeld has done theoretical and empirical research in conceptualizing human service organizations and applying organizational theory to understand their structural features. He has explored the strategies these organizations use to relate and adapt to their environment; how these affect their internal structures and services; how they structure the relations between staff and clients; and the consequences of these relations on clients' well-being. In recent years, his research has focused on the implementation of welfare reform, especially the ideological, political and economic processes that have shaped it. He has studied the changes in the organization of welfare departments, and how such changes have affected the relations between workers and recipients. Currently, he is studying the role of non-profit organizations in the provision of social services. He has recently completed an analysis of the impact of welfare reform.

Yeheskel (Zeke) Hasenfeld

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First Name: 
Yeheskel (Zeke)
Last Name: 
Hasenfeld
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Research Professor of Social Welfare
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Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan
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Dr. Hasenfeld's research focuses on the dynamic relations between social welfare policies, the organizations that implement these policies and the people who use their services. The study of these relations enables policy makers and practitioners to understand how social welfare policies and services are actually delivered by workers and experienced by clients, and the resulting impact the policies have on the well-being of their recipients.

Prof. Hasenfeld has done theoretical and empirical research in conceptualizing human service organizations and applying organizational theory to understand their structural features. He has explored the strategies these organizations use to relate and adapt to their environment; how these affect their internal structures and services; how they structure the relations between staff and clients; and the consequences of these relations on clients' well-being. In recent years, his research has focused on the implementation of welfare reform, especially the ideological, political and economic processes that have shaped it. He has studied the changes in the organization of welfare departments, and how such changes have affected the relations between workers and recipients. Currently, he is studying the role of non-profit organizations in the provision of social services. He has recently completed an analysis of the impact of welfare reform.

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