Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214902
Authors: 
Richter, Ralph
Year of Publication: 
2019
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Rural Studies [ISSN:] 0743-0167 [Volume:] 70 [Year:] 2019 [Issue:] 8 [Pages:] 179-187
Abstract: 
The question of how social enterprises foster social innovation in rural regions remains largely unexplored. In this paper, I develop the assumption that the embeddedness of social enterprises in rural communities and their ability to connect rural communities with supra-regional networks and decision makers are crucial preconditions for generating and fostering social innovation in the countryside. By applying the social network approach and a cross-case analysis of social enterprises in rural regions of Austria and Poland, I show how rural social enterprises mobilise ideas, resources and support from external sources not primarily for their own benefit but for that of their rural region. As embedded intermediaries, they contribute to transformational change and wellbeing, albeit they are only one of many forces that drive rural development.
Subjects: 
Rural social enterprises
Embedded intermediary
Social innovation
Social network analyses
Rural development
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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