Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 6 | ARTICLE

Title: THE COOPERATIVES AS AGENTS OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE AGE OF THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

Author: Pedro Oliveira * (pedro.oliveira@esg.ipsantarem.pt) e Manuela Natário ** (m.natario@ipg.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 6

Abstract:
In the era of globalization and unequivocal affirmation of the importance of Sustainable Development, focused on various international forums, it raises several questions about the collective participation on Regional Development, particularly on the importance of the "third sector" to reinforce social capital and institutional thickness of the territories more exposed to deindustrialization for lack of external competitiveness, in an effort to mobilize civil society to overcome challenges compromising the welfare of future generations. As this article explains, social entrepreneurship can counteract the dualistic logic of regional competitiveness inherent to the paradigm of "Knowledge Economy", which is leading to a conflict between efficiency and equity (social and territorial) as the inherent risk of geographic polarization of human capital and innovation, inhibiting the endogenous potential of growth of production, income and employment in the depleted regions.

Keywords: Cooperatives, social entrepreneurship, institutional thickness, innovative milieu, network




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