Collaborator or competitor: assessing the evidence supporting the role of social enterprise in health and social care

Francesca Calo*, Simon Teasdale, Cam Donaldson, Michael J. Roy, Simone Baglioni

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Abstract

In many countries, social enterprise has been introduced into a competitive market-oriented environment as a substitute for publicly owned services, particularly in healthcare. In the United Kingdom, evidence for this move seems to derive from case studies where social enterprise operates in collaboration – as opposed to competition – with publicly owned services. Our systematic review demonstrates that there is no evidence to support the role of social enterprise as a substitute for publicly owned services. However, there is evidence to show that where social enterprise operates in a collaborative environment, enhanced outcomes can be achieved, such as connectedness, well-being and self-confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1790–1814
Number of pages25
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume20
Issue number12
Early online date26 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • social enterprise
  • healthcare
  • competition
  • collaboration
  • coproduction

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