Modelling Enterprise for a Disability Charity

Nick Spencer, Penelope Smith, Mary Watts

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Work can allow people to express themselves and develop skills and abilities, create social bonds, and receive appreciation both symbolic and economic but what if you cannot access employment? How can the principles of enterprise be applied to create opportunities for greater self-development and social inclusion for people with a spectrum of impairments that currently utilise day services? This research focuses on defining a model of enterprise for the Percy Hedley Foundation. Using a mixed-method approach, case study and co-creative design-led innovation practice, the research reviews sector exemplars and produced propositional materials for critique and debate. Through synthesis and evaluation the research presents a model of enterprise that explores the flexibility of the concept ‘meaningful employment’. The research aims to contribute to understanding about how disability support organisations can shift from a model of social care to a model of endeavour in order to increase social impact on investment. The paper suggests organisational conditions to enable people with a range of impairments to meaningfully engage in enterprise activity and be enterprising.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2016
EventAcademic Design Management Conference ADMC16 - Boston, USA
Duration: 28 Jul 2016 → …


ConferenceAcademic Design Management Conference ADMC16
Period28/07/16 → …


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