Competitive advantages as a foundation for social advantage: The role of social enterprise in regional development

Ling, Sharine, Barraket, Jo, & Luke, Belinda G. (2011) Competitive advantages as a foundation for social advantage: The role of social enterprise in regional development. In De Bruin, Anne & Stangl, Loren (Eds.) Proceedings of the Massey University Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference: Extending Theory, Integrating Practice, New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Massey University, Massey University, Albany Campus, New Zealand, pp. 410-423.

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The belief that regions play a role in determining national economic development and that advantages are found at the local and regional level has been the focus of economic geography and development studies over the last 10 years. However, this issue has historically been dominated by economic perspectives, industrial firms, and public bodies. In recent years the social economy is starting to receive greater attention in creating regional advantage as well as ameliorating regional disadvantage. The social economy includes the impact of the third sector such as social enterprises.

This paper proposes that understanding the role and function of social enterprise will enable a more nuanced understanding of the socio-economic aspects of regional development. Drawing upon Oliver’s (1997) framework for sustainable competitive advantage it is argued that this established management framework provides a valuable foundation for examining the organisational resources that social enterprise need to operate effectively, as well as the socio-economic resources they produce for regional communities.

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ID Code: 48099
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Social enterprise, Regional development, Resource-based view, Institutional theory
ISBN: 9780473203559
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The editors and contributors.
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Deposited On: 17 Jan 2012 21:56
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:43

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