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Towards developing a comprehensive model for describing the phenomenon of community engagement in social enterprises

Towards developing a comprehensive model for describing the phenomenon of community engagement in... There has been a substantial realization of the importance of community engagement (CE) for social enterprise (SE) missions. However, the emerging literature on CE in social enterprises is riddled with theoretical inconsistencies and there is universal lack of studies in this direction. For the sake of advancing the field, the purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze the elements of CE in SEs. Further, a comprehensive preliminary model is developed integrating the five fundamental dimensions of CE in SE setting.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based on the critical analysis of the extant literature across disciplines to identify the relevant themes that can affect the CE in SEs.FindingsThe paper develops a preliminary social enterprise community engagement model (SE-CEM), which results from a broad literature analysis. The proposed model attempts to offer a comprehensive perspective outlining the institutional, organizational, individual, community and process dimensions likely to predict engagement success in SE context.Originality/valueThis paper pioneers in presenting a holistic approach to understanding the dimensions that constitute CE in SEs. The SE-CEM incorporates the determinants of CE in social entrepreneurship (S-ENT) context to direct a future research agenda. The preliminary model can further be developed and empirically tested by researchers. Moreover, practitioners can also gain benefits from the model and promote S-ENT. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

Towards developing a comprehensive model for describing the phenomenon of community engagement in social enterprises

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/jec-03-2018-0024
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Abstract

There has been a substantial realization of the importance of community engagement (CE) for social enterprise (SE) missions. However, the emerging literature on CE in social enterprises is riddled with theoretical inconsistencies and there is universal lack of studies in this direction. For the sake of advancing the field, the purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze the elements of CE in SEs. Further, a comprehensive preliminary model is developed integrating the five fundamental dimensions of CE in SE setting.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based on the critical analysis of the extant literature across disciplines to identify the relevant themes that can affect the CE in SEs.FindingsThe paper develops a preliminary social enterprise community engagement model (SE-CEM), which results from a broad literature analysis. The proposed model attempts to offer a comprehensive perspective outlining the institutional, organizational, individual, community and process dimensions likely to predict engagement success in SE context.Originality/valueThis paper pioneers in presenting a holistic approach to understanding the dimensions that constitute CE in SEs. The SE-CEM incorporates the determinants of CE in social entrepreneurship (S-ENT) context to direct a future research agenda. The preliminary model can further be developed and empirically tested by researchers. Moreover, practitioners can also gain benefits from the model and promote S-ENT.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 21, 2019

Keywords: Community; Community engagement; Social entrepreneurship; Framework; Social enterprises

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