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Social enterprises in Sweden: Unitis a successful social cooperative?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies. (ICM-International Culture Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9080-2629
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies. (ICM-International Culture Management)
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This research explores Social Cooperatives focusing on what factors characterize a successful social cooperative. We apply a case for data collection. Semi-structured interviews and direct observation were used to collect qualitative data. A case on Unitis, a Swedish Social Cooperative, developed in 1998 with the main aim to create employment and to empower disable people by setting up a handicraft cooperative owning it together, has been conducted in its real life context.  The results indicate that five factors are important for the success of the cooperative. Social well being and members empowerment,  networking to identify and exploit business opportunities, financial independence by adapting innovative business ideas, independence from volunteers and trusting on sustainable own human resources and generation of economic wealth using it for the well being of the members. The research contributes to the literature and theoretical development on social enterprises by analysing a Swedish case based on successful factors to sustain social cooperatives. We suggest that networking with stakeholders can contribute to make social cooperatives visible and sustainable. 

 

Key Words: Social Enterprises, Unitis, Social Economy, Cooperatives, Sweden.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. 13- p.
Keyword [en]
Social Enterprises, Unitis, Social Economy, Cooperatives, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-13135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-13135DiVA: diva2:558525
Conference
RC10 of the International Sociological Association: International Conference on Democratic Participation in Employment and Societal Regulation, Paris, 27-30 June 2011.
Projects
Cooperative Enterprises
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved

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