Contextual influences on social enterprise management in rural and urban communities

Anne M. J. Smith*, Julie McColl

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    The idea that difference exists between rural and urban enterprise activity is not new, the obvious comparators are measures such as social architecture, resource availability and accessibility. However, when the concept and practice of management in social enterprise is compared in these two contexts then there is opportunity to further our understanding of the contextual challenges encountered by social enterprise. In this paper six cases studies are compared and analysed: three cases are urban social enterprises and three classified as remote rural social enterprises. The urban cases are social enterprises located around Glasgow in the west of Scotland and are compared with three remote rural location studies, one on the Scottish mainland peninsula, the other in northern Scotland and the final case on a Scottish western island. We conclude that the main differences between remote rural and urban management of social enterprise are heavily nuanced by in-migration levels in both rural and urban locations, leadership and community needs and therefore deserving of context relevant policy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)572-588
    Number of pages17
    JournalLocal Economy
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


    • entrepreneurship
    • management
    • rural
    • social enterprise
    • urban

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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