Enhancing Social Enterprise with Innovation Systems
Social enterprise is considered a business that is run for the benefit of society. Many such businesses can be found in Thailand. Most of them produce and sell unique local products from the area in which they are located. The main objective for a social enterprise is to build the business base for the community so that people in the local area can make an income and enhance the quality of their lives. The most significant result gained from the development of such businesses is that there will be local products from the community sold in the market. However, social enterprise is still in need of technology and innovative ways to produce its products. This lack causes problems in the standards set for products and leads to defects that can occur in the production process. Therefore, this research aims to study the development and strengthening of social enterprise so that the products can be more competitive through the application of innovative systems. Also, it aims to provide ways to support social enterprise and ensure its access to the innovation systems that will be proposed. The other purposes of this research are to study the directions for applying innovation systems to enhance social enterprise. This research employed the qualitative research method, and the data was collected from in-depth interviews, observations, and focus groups. The results show that the working pattern is considered an important factor in improving social enterprise. In addition, this study also gives recommendations for ways to enhance social enterprise with the use of innovation systems.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Operations Management, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand 2: College of Innovation, Thammasat University, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Publication date: November 1, 2017
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