Rural social entrepreneurship: The role of social capital within and across institutional levels

Lang, Richard and Fink, Matthias (2018) Rural social entrepreneurship: The role of social capital within and across institutional levels. Journal of Rural Studies. ISSN 0743-0167

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to develop a more nuanced and multilevel understanding of the social network arena in which the rural social entrepreneur operates. We introduce and empirically assess a conceptual framework for systematic investigation of rural social entrepreneurship that is informed by both social capital theory and place-based entrepreneurship literature and also suggest a methodology. We argue that this perspective can offer valuable insights into the still under-researched interplay between rural social entrepreneurs and their institutional environment. A key insight from our analysis refers to the dialectic of horizontal and vertical networking strategies typical of rural social entrepreneurs and their business model. The paper informs researchers active at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and rural development and equips them for their future studies with a consistent and empirically supported theoretical and methodological approach.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Rural social enterprise, Social capital, Linking capital, Social legitimacy, Multiple case study
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Matthias Fink
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2018 13:46
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703390

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