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Year: 2018
Published in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Cited as: Granados, M.L. and Rivera, A.M. (2018), “Assessing the value dimensions of social enterprise networks”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 734-754.

Abstract

Purpose: Despite the importance gained by social enterprises (SEs) and the increased number of social enterprise networks (SENs) in the UK, there is a paucity of research into the role of these networks in enhancing the sector and creating value. This paper provides empirical evidence assessing this value. Design/methodology/approach: The assessment and insights were derived through a concurrent mixed method data collection strategy with 241 responses from members of SEs in the UK. Findings: In terms of frequency, the use of SENs is still sporadic, denoting an immature stage of network lifecycle development. Moreover, it was identified that usage was affected primarily by the perceived usefulness of the information available. The ultimate value created was primarily of an informative nature rather than knowledge exchange. Practical implications: A framework is developed describing the structure, content and interaction dimensions of value of SENs. The understanding of this value offers opportunities to shape government interventions and current practices of SENs in assisting SEs and providing an active, knowledge-sharing community.

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