Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Developing social enterprise : an investigation of promoters and barriers
Author: Steinerowski, Artur Adam
ISNI:       0000 0004 2707 4608
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of the Highlands and Islands
Date of Award: 2011
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Please try the link below.
Access from Institution:
Social enterprise is increasingly discussed in policy documents and academic literature, but there is poor understanding of how social enterprise organisations emerge and develop. A goal of this PhD study was to understand the emergence and nature of social enterprise, the promoters and barriers to its development in a specific context of the remote and rural North of Scotland and to investigate the extent to which social enterprise was being considered for health and care service provision. Giddens’ (1984) structuration theory provided a theoretical orientation for the work, facilitating analysis of relations between agents and structure. A qualitative approach to data collection was adopted. Views and perspectives from different social enterprise stakeholders were elicited. In the first stage of the study, thirty five individual in-depth face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were conducted; these were verified, confirmed and extended in the second stage of the study through three focus group discussions. The study contributes new knowledge around promoters and barriers to social enterprise, considering this from both theoretical and practice-oriented perspectives. These provide information to help those developing social enterprises. The study is important in the growing field of social enterprise literature as it adds another dimension of analysis; that is, findings are viewed through the analytical lens of structuration theory creating a different way of thinking about how social enterprises have emerged and the ideas have become fashionable. This element particularly looks at social enterprise from the perspective of different groups of agents to build understanding, exploring their influence in social enterprise development. The study also described the different roles of different types of agents and indicated suggestions regarding changes required in order to further develop the social enterprise sector.
Supervisor: Farmer, Jane ; Jack, Sarah Sponsor: University of the Highlands and Islands
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Social entrepreneurship