Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe - Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation (Hardback)Ralph Richter (author), Matthias Fink (author), Richard Lang (author), Daniela Maresch (author)
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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe investigates how social entrepreneurship advances social innovation in rural Europe and contributes to fighting social and economic challenges in these regions.
Based on longitudinal data collected in four European countries, this book explains how social enterprises enact their business model based on an entrepreneurial reconfiguration of resources they obtain from their network relations, and how their activities empower local communities, driving change and eventually innovation. In these activities, the entrepreneurial mindset and the role as intermediary between different groups and domains of society help to reframe challenges into opportunities. The argument in this book develops from a description of what social enterprises report to do to an analysis of how they do it, and results in an explanation of why they take these actions. In doing so it gradually broadens the view from a focus on the social enterprises themselves to their interactions and network partners and, finally, to their positioning in societal fields. The presented model complements network theory with the concept of strategic action fields. This book reveals the crucial role of social entrepreneurship in innovation in rural regions, and the rich insights provided have far reaching implications for research, practice and policy.
This book will appeal to everyone interested in the interface of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and regional/rural development, either on a practical or academic level.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This represents an insightful exploration of social entrepreneurship issues that operate within peripheral areas of Europe." - Robert Newbery, Newcastle University Business School, UK
"A useful crosscutting case study analysis of social entrepreneurship in marginal rural European areas" - Javier Esparcia, University of Valencia, Spain
"Richter et al. bring to the fore the notions of social networks, social capital and strategic action fields in a synergistic manner, because it allows situating social enterprises and their innovations in a regional/rural context. The authors borrow from organizational sociology to complement, refine and further expand novel perspectives in social entrepreneurship that are more sensitive to place." - Ewald Kibler, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland and Pablo Munoz, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, Regional Studies (2020)
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