This paper comes from the initial work of a three year Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme project. The project is a partnership/collaboration between researchers at Deakin University and Mission Australia and focuses on the work of Mission Australia’s social enterprise based, Transitional Labour Market Program (TLMP) for marginalised Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people in its high-end restaurant Charcoal Lane in Melbourne (Australia). The project that has two distinct, but intimately related parts: (Part A) an action research project; and (Part B) a longitudinal, qualitative project. These two parts will explore the following key research questions/objectives:
Part A 1 What are the important organisational processes and practices in determining the possibilities for sustainable social enterprise based TLMPs?
2 What processes, relations and practices facilitate (or hinder) knowledge transfers about social enterprise and TLMPs within the organisation and between other policy, commercial, training and third sector organisations?
Part B 3 What factors influence marginalised young people’s experiences and outcomes (successful or otherwise) in this social enterprise TLMP?
4 What effect does completion of the training demands of this TLMP have on the transitions of marginalised young people into full time employment?
The paper outlines and discusses the problems associated with defining social enterprise, and outlines the ways in which governments and third sector organisations have looked to social enterprises as a means to address a variety of social issues. The paper concludes with a discussion of the various challenges and opportunities for the conduct of social enterprises, and for the wider issue of how social enterprise can address wider structural issues in, for example, labour markets.
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Field of Research
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category
A6 Research report/technical paper
Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme project
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