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Entrepreneurial activity in community health promotion organisations: findings from an ethnographic study

Zasada, Magdalena (2017) Entrepreneurial activity in community health promotion organisations: findings from an ethnographic study Social Enterprise Journal, 13 (2). pp. 144-162.

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to examine the suitability of a social enterprise model for community health promotion organisations working in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. It focuses on organisational culture, social resources and capacity as pre-requisites for entrepreneurial activities. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is based on ethnographic case studies in England including semi-structured interviews with the organisations’ staff, trustees and external stakeholders, participant observation, creative method workshops with staff and feedback meetings with staff and trustees. Findings: The paper provides empirical insights into the potential for, and the consequences of, introducing entrepreneurial ways of working to community health promotion organisations. It suggests that pre-existing capacity, competencies and skills, as well as the ability to manage cultural hybridity are key factors. Research limitations/implications: Studying three organisations allowed comparative analysis, however time constraints limited access to some stakeholders and meant that the researcher could not be continuously present. Fieldwork generated a series of “snapshots” of each organisation at several time points. Practical implications: Community health promotion organisations should be mindful of the social and cultural implications of following the entrepreneurial route to income generation. Policymakers need to be more aware of the challenges community health promotion organisations face in taking on entrepreneurial ways of working. Originality/value: This article contributes new empirical insights into the process of community health promotion organisations adopting entrepreneurial ways of working. This is underpinned by Bourdieu's concept of habitus which provides a new theoretical lens for examining the social and cultural aspects of this transition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Sciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Zasada, Magdalenam.zasada@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 May 2017
Identification Number : 10.1108/SEJ-07-2016-0030
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Publishing Limited 2017 Published by Emerald Publishing Limited Licensed re-use rights only
Uncontrolled Keywords : community organisations, social enterprise, hybrid organisations, organisational culture, habitus, health promotion.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Feb 2017 18:56
Last Modified : 07 Jul 2017 08:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813563

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