The value of enterprise for disabled people

Maggie Anderson, Laura Galloway

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    Abstract

    The focus of this paper is on the role of enterprise training
    among disabled people. The authors first review the literature, in particular
    comparing work on the theoretical benefits of enterprise training
    provision for disabled people with empirical studies of enterprise training
    initiatives for disabled people in various countries. In the analysis, low
    social capital is implicated as a cause of much disadvantage in economic
    and social life among disabled people, and this is particularly pertinent in
    modern knowledge-based economies where responsibility for development
    in the lifelong learning agenda is devolved from governments to individuals,
    including disabled individuals. Following this, an investigation of one
    publicly funded initiative in Fife, Scotland, is conducted and this is used to
    inform a wider debate about the potential uses and value of enterprise
    training for disabled people in the current stratified socioeconomic milieu.
    The paper argues that there is potential for enterprise training to contribute
    on a wider basis than simply independent entrepreneurship promotion
    and that the research community therefore has an opportunity to engage
    with this broader agenda.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-101
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012

    Keywords

    • disability
    • minority enterprise
    • entrepreneurship training
    • skills
    • minorities
    • enterprise education

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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