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Social entrepreneurs in challenging places: a Delphi study of experiences and perspectives.

White, Gareth R.T., Samuel, Anthony ORCID:, Pickernell, David, Taylor, Dan and Mason-Jones, Rachel 2018. Social entrepreneurs in challenging places: a Delphi study of experiences and perspectives. Local Economy 33 (8) , pp. 800-821. 10.1177/0269094218803313

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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’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-0942
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 6 September 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 10:47

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