Processes of community-led social enterprise development: learning from the rural context

Sarah-Anne Munoz, Artur Steiner, Jane Farmer

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This article considers whether, and if so how, rural communities can be supported, through a facilitated process, to create social enterprises within the field of health and care. Using results from the thematic analysis of four community case studies involved in a facilitated action-research process, the article identifies community capabilities and entrepreneurial skills needed to create such rural community-based service providers. The identification of similarities and differences in how the development process took place in four communities allows us to present a development model of our facilitated process. The article contributes to understanding about rural community social enterprises for service provision and the processes associated with their creation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-493
Number of pages16
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014


  • social enterprise development
  • rural context
  • rural communities
  • social enterprises
  • case studies
  • service provision


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