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Social entrepreneurship by cooperative: examining value chain options of an indigenous fisherman’s co-op

Shahidullah, AKM ORCID: 0000-0002-0045-8543 and Islam, D 2018 , 'Social entrepreneurship by cooperative: examining value chain options of an indigenous fisherman’s co-op' , International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, vol. 35, no. 4 , pp. 598-615 .

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Indigenous cooperative supporting community developmentobjectives has potential to flourish as a social enterprise. Our study draws onsocial value creation and value chain to find value addition opportunities of acommunity-based cooperative. Field study was conducted in Norway HouseCree Nation community, Northern Manitoba, Canada, adopting qualitative casestudy methods. We surveyed fisher-households and cooperative members. Aswell, we conducted semi-structured interviews with experts, governmentofficials, NGO personnel, fish distributors, retailers, and marketing agents. Wealso held two focus group discussions in the community. We observed that thestudied cooperative operates only as a supplier to the primary market. Resultsshow that intervention in the upstream value chain with establishment ofmodern processing facilities would ensure cooperatives’ participation in thesecondary markets, create employment opportunities in the community, andenhance its capacity for further social contributions. We conclude that valuechain intervention, if made at the community level where producers workcorporately as a primary suppliers under a cooperative, creates further value inthe society.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shahidullah, AKM and Islam, D
Keywords: social entrepreneurship, fisherman's cooperative, value chain, value creation, Indigenous community
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1476-1297
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