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The ecosystem of UK social entrepreneurship: a meta-analysis of contemporary studies

White, Gareth R. T., Allen, Robert, Samuel, Anthony ORCID:, Taylor, Dan, Thomas, Robert and Jones, Paul 2022. The ecosystem of UK social entrepreneurship: a meta-analysis of contemporary studies. Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Vol. 14. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Emerald, pp. 193-218. (10.1108/S2040-724620220000014009)

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This chapter explores social enterprises as an alternative and addition to traditional entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs). It reviews the substantial social enterprise literature in order to identify the myriad of competing tensions constraining development and success of social EEs in areas of significant poverty and economic deprivation. Following this, the findings of several contemporary and novel studies are discussed. These collectively evidence ways social enterprises are overcoming the seemingly immutable constraints they operate under. In particular, the Social Enterprise Places initiative has been highly effective in supporting the development of flourishing social EEs in many locations in the UK. However, the growth of social enterprises, both in number and economic importance, presents further challenges that social enterprise owners and managers will have to contend with. Consequently, these organisations and their allied ecosystems require continued structural, financial and skills support.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Emerald
ISBN: 9781800714502
ISSN: 2040-7246
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 2 January 2022
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:27

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