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Finansiering av arbetsintegrerande sociala företag: En dragkamp mellan det sociala och det kommersiella
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The field of the social economy and of the work integration social enterprises (WISE) in particular, is for many a more or less unknown area. Unlike ordinary enterprises the WISE's are different due to their aim of integrating disadvantaged people through work. In comparison with other small enterprises earlier research has shown that the WISE's are dealing with challenges regarding recruitment, participation, leadership, sustainable business ideas but above all, the access to funding. The purpose of this essay has therefore been to examine and analyze the financial situation of eight WISE's located in the Stockholm County. The results indicate that half of the enterprises perceive their economic situation as very unstable and as an obstacle to their further development. This perception seems to be more common among the younger enterprises which have not differentiated their businesses activities enough, which results in a greater reliance of the purchases of the public sector. The studied WISE's express a desire to reduce their dependence on the revenues from the public sector by increasing the revenues from other business activities, but this is something that has been proven to be both difficult and time consuming. In line with e.g. age, business maturation, expanded areas of business activities and increased knowledge, more funding opportunities seems to occur. A vast majority of the enterprises have a negative attitude towards external funding in terms of external equity capital, due to its presumable intrusion on the determination of the company. The field which WISE's are operating in is undoubtedly an important socioeconomic area since they react to one of the society’s most prominent problems; people in exclusion and all the problems the exclusion causes. The analysis of the examined enterprise's funding opportunities and its consequences are the main contributions of this essay as well as the further suggestions on how the WISE's financial situation can be improved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
work integration social enterprise, WISE, financial situation, financing small businesses, small business financial difficulties.
Keyword [sv]
arbetsintegrerade sociala företag, ASF, arbetsintegrering, finansiering av småföretag, balansgång, dragkamp, finansieringsproblem, finansieringsmöjligheter.
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24231OAI: diva2:730509
Subject / course
Business Studies
2014-06-03, 12:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-27 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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