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The Ecosystem of UK Social Entrepreneurship: A Meta-Analysis of Contemporary Studies

Gareth R. T. White, Robert Allen, Anthony Samuel, Dan Taylor, Robert Thomas, Paul Jones Orcid Logo

Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Volume: 14, Pages: 193 - 218

Swansea University Author: Paul Jones Orcid Logo

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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 signif...

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Published in: Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
ISBN: 978-1-80071-451-9 978-1-80071-450-2
ISSN: 2040-7246 2040-7246
Published: UK Emerald Publishing Limited 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59160
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Ecosystem; UK social entrepreneurship; meta-analysis; deprivation; development; support
College: School of Management
Start Page: 193
End Page: 218