Social entrepreneurs in challenging places: A Delphi study of experiences and perspectives
White, Gareth R.T.
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Social Enterprises have grown in number and scope in response to reductions in state-provided welfare and increasing ambition to improve social conditions. While a range of issues have been identified in the literature as affecting the ability of Social Enterprises to successfully conduct their activities, there is currently a dearth of research into the relative influence of these factors. This study explores and ranks the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in South Wales. Based on a Delphi study with 21 social entrepreneurs, government policy-developers and scholars, it presents a hierarchy of 14 factors, useful instruments for informing social entrepreneurs and policy-makers about the way social enterprises are managed, and how national and local policy should be developed. As part of this, the study also identifies four novel factors that affect the sustainability of social enterprises: ‘Professionalisation of Marketing’, ‘Perception of Validity’, ‘Leadership’ and ‘Situatedness’.
Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit;
White, G.R., Samuel, A., Pickernell, D., Taylor, D. and Mason-Jones, R. (2018) 'Social entrepreneurs in challenging places: A Delphi study of experiences and perspectives', Local Economy, 33(8), pp.800-821. DOI: 10.1177/0269094218803313.
Article published in Local Economy on 10 October 2018, available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094218803313.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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