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Resource dependence and the survival of government-created social enterprises
Local governments increasingly use social enterprises for public service delivery, but the sustainability of this approach is likely to be influenced by a range of resource dependencies. Drawing on the Resource Dependence Theory, we investigate the resources social enterprises must acquire and maintain for their survival among nearly 100 social enterprises created by English local governments to provide leisure services. Using survival analysis, we find that government-owned and more profitable social enterprises are less likely to be dissolved, as are those with a larger board of directors. We also find that board diversity is beneficial for enterprises with larger boards.
- Business and Economics
Published inPublic Management Review
PublisherInforma UK Limited
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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Publisher statementThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Public Management Review. Rhys Andrews & Ian R. Hodgkinson (2022): Resource dependence and the survival of government-created social enterprises, Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2022.2137228. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.