The role of social entrepreneurs in developing community resilience in remote areas.

Caroline Morrison, Elaine Ramsey, Derek Bond

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Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand the processes whereby social entrepreneurs can contribute to community resilience and sustainability. Design/methodology/approach – The study used a qualitative case study approach with 15 island communities located off the north and west coasts of Scotland and who were engaged in the development and implementation of renewable energy initiatives. Findings – Peripheral communities provide an environment where entrepreneurial activities can flourish. Through a model of social enterprise, they were able to develop the necessary mechanisms to increase socio-economic resilience. The study indicates the importance of social capital in this process. Research limitations/implications – External networks provide part of the framework to overcome market imperfections caused by distance and remoteness so that social entrepreneurs can develop their ability to build resilience and sustainability. More research is needed on how this framework can be utilised. Social implications – In spite of the challenges presented in remote areas, these communities have shown the ability to adapt. This is an important component of resilience building. Originality/value – This paper makes a unique contribution to the knowledge base through the interconnected concepts of social entrepreneurship and social capital. It provides new empirical insights into social enterprises and describes the mechanisms that help to build resilient rural communities in the context of renewable energy endeavours. Keywords Resilience, Social capital, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Remote rural communities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-112
JournalJournal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Mar 2017


  • community resilience
  • social entrepreneurship


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