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Diversity management for innovation in social enterprises in the UK

Bridgstock, Ruth S., Lettice, Fiona, Ozbilgin, Mustafa, & Tatli, Ahu (2010) Diversity management for innovation in social enterprises in the UK. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 22(6), pp. 557-574.

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Abstract

This paper examines the linkages between diversity management (DM), innovation and high performance in social enterprises. These linkages are explicated beyond traditional framing of DM limited to workforce composition, to include discussions of innovation through networked diversity practices; reconciliation; and funding options. The paper draws upon a UK-based national survey and the case study data. Multiple data collection methods were used, including semi-structured interviews, questionnaires and workshops with participant observation. NVivo and SPSS software packages were utilized in order to analyse the qualitative and quantitative data, respectively. We used thematic coding and cropping techniques in analysing the case studies in the paper. A broad range of conflicting and supporting literature was enfolded into the conversations and discussion. The paper demonstrates that social enterprises exhibit unique characteristics in terms of size and location, as well as their double remit to add value both economically and socially. As a conclusion, we argue for social enterprises to consider options for DM in the interests of maximization of innovation and business performance. We contend that further research is needed to describe how social entrepreneurs draw upon their various ‘diversity resources’ in the process of innovation

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ID Code: 40356
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: diversity, social entrepreneurship, innovation, business performance
DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2010.488404
ISSN: 0898-5626
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 22(6), pp. 557-574. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2011 09:55
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 00:10

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