A book collecting research on these particular type of production organisations, including over a hundred case studies worth knowing about, has recently been published.
Social enterprises able to “do business” while acting for the good of the territory. Two aspects that can be compatible and yet need to be thoroughly understood, so that they can be reproduced in similar organisations. This is also why reading these collected studies, L’Impresa Sociale in Italia. Identità, ruoli e resilienza (The social enterprise in Italy. Identities, roles and resilience), curated by Iris Network, the network linking leading experts on Italian social enterprise, which since 2006 has been promoting activities of theoretical thought and empirical investigation in order to foster in-depth knowledge about social enterprises, establishing their role and improving their intervention capacity.
Iris Network’s fourth report analyses the main factors that have determined the response to third sector organisations, especially social enterprises, during the pandemic, and illustrates what could be the strengths on which to rely for the future.
The collection includes several in-depth investigations that begin by contextually framing the “social enterprise” phenomenon and the third sector in Italy and then swiftly continue to examine the contribution of this type of organisation for Southern Italy and the creation of employment; crucial aspects inherent to how a social enterprise should act are consequently scrutinised, such as the generation of social value, and changing politics for the territory and culture. Three further pieces of research focus on the contribution of social enterprises in Italy in the fight against Covid-19, and the conclusion focuses on a final study devoted to providing answers to a single question: how can we support this type of enterprise? The collected research is accompanied by a selection of over a hundred case studies describing the experiences of social enterprises, concisely but including details for further investigation.
Thereby, this investigative work portrays a particular type of business culture and its varied practical forms, and getting to know them can only benefit most people (even those who, entrepreneurs or managers, are not directly involved in a social enterprise).
L’Impresa Sociale in Italia. Identità, ruoli e resilienza (The social enterprise in Italy. Identities, roles and resilience)
Various authors. (curated by Carlo Borzaga and Marco Musella), Fourth Report Iris Network, 2021