Industry Trends/Data
Steve Pines

Industry Data

5. For-Profit Social Ventures
Dees, J. Gregory and Anderson, Beth Battle. (2003). For-Profit Social Ventures. Social Entrepreneurship.

Dees and Anderson describe the breakdown of traditional sector boundaries as social entrepreneurs seek to disrupt industries such as education with innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable strategies. The authors provide case studies and models for entrepreneurs seeking to address social problems with a for-profit business structure. Potential benefits of for-profit social ventures include increased focus on efficiency, leveraging scarce public resources, nimble response to the market, and improved access to a skilled workforce. The paper goes on to present potential challenges to combining profit motive with a social mission, and strategic solutions to those problems.  To read more.....


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4. New Rules, New Schools, New Market.
Edwards, Kristin and Mahoney, Ryan. (2005). New Rules, New Schools, New Market. ThinkEquity Partners Institutional Research.

In this report, Edwards and Mahoney forecast structural changes that will lead to growth opportunities for business in the K-12 school system. They forecast that from 2005-2015 domestic business opportunities in K-12 will expand from $75 billion to $163 billion. Broad public awareness of the poor state of many of the nations’ schools and the continued achievement gap has created a desire for innovation driven by new technologies that private enterprises can provide. More federal funds than ever are available to schools, increasing their budget to partner with businesses. Edwards and Mahoney describe promising avenues for investment and drivers of change, as well as barriers and challenges for the growth of the private market in education. They emphasize the important role of technology in these changes, and highlight firms who have harnessed that momentum with successful results.  To read more....


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3. Careers in the Education Industry
Education Industry Association. (2006). Career Opportunities in the Education Industry.

In this EIA guide for students and professionals, EIA describes the diverse segments of the education industry and highlights leading employers in those segments. After a brief history of the education sector, the guide describes the state of the education industry and gives projections for the future. Segments include schools/service providers, supplemental education service providers, products, service providers, and information/researchers. The report concludes with profiles of leaders in the education sector, and with contact information and profiles of a large selection of EIA member organizations. To read more....


Evolution of Entrepreneurship

4. The Education Industry, 2002-2012: The Era of Resilience

Michael Sandler of the Education Industry Group and Steven Pines of the Education Industry Association have written a whitepaper, "The Education Industry - Era of Resilience", detailing the stories of the new generation of entrepreneurs who are exploring new business models and innovative applications of technology in the education sector.  To read it, click here......


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2. A Recent History of the Emerging Education Industry
Sandler, Michael. (2002). The Emerging Education Industry. Education Industry Leadership Board Special Report.

Sandler describes the development of private enterprises in education, starting with entrepreneurs in the 1990’s. He divides his recent history of the education industry into three sections: “The Early Players 1990-98”, “The Technology Age 1998-2002”, and “Emerging as an Education Industry 2002+”.  The early players were a relatively small group of entrepreneurs, whose efforts gave rise to at-risk services, education management organizations, and other innovations, and who were strongly influenced by the emergence of the charter school movement. Sandler characterizes the technology age as a time when new technological platforms altered our approach to education, and enhanced efforts to improve accountability. He argues that the era of 2002 and beyond will be characterized by expansion, technology-driven innovation, and a mix of established enterprises and start-ups. Sandler envisions a second decade in which the education industry evolves from an emerging sector into a sustainable industry.  To read more.....

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