Social Enterprise: An ethical and commercially responsible way for supporting the social and economic inclusion of people with a disability
In 2016, Professor Keith McViilly, formerly of Deakin University, and PhD candidate Mr Peter Smith completed a research project in two parts on Social Enterprise: An ethical and commercially responsible way for supporting the social and economic inclusion of people with a disability.
The Phase One report was in the form of a systematic literature review, which scoped the current evidence base for Social Enterprise as it might apply to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The review addressed four questions posed by Yooralla:
- What are the essential features of Social Enterprise?
- What are the enablers and barriers which have previously been identified in the implementation of successful Social Enterprises?
- What are the advantages that Social Enterprises could offer with respect to the promotion of the social and economic inclusion of people with intellectual disability in particular?
- How might a Social Enterprise model prove to be both an ethically responsible and commercially viable legal entity, in the context of Yooralla’s corporate infrastructure, to promote employment opportunities and social inclusion for people with disability?
The findings of the Phase One report distilled the essential features of a social enterprise, as might be relevant to Yooralla, to be: “…. a hybrid business model. It integrates many of the social values traditionally associated with the community services not-for-profit (charity) sector, with those of the for-profit, commercial sector. In essence, Social Enterprises have as their foundation both a strong sense of mission and a commercially viable business model”.
The Phase One report then informed a Phase Two report.
The Phase Two report documented a field project, conducted in two parts. It included the results of the analysis of a series of interviews conducted with senior managers of existing social enterprises across three states of Australia, as well as the managers of Yooralla’s existing Australian Disability Employment Services.
The Phase Two report concluded with a number of propositions to advance Yooralla’s work in the area of employment for people with disability.
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