Work-integration Social Enterprises in the Disability Sector: Practices, Typologies and Beneficiary Preferences


Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Award date21 Apr 2020


In these three essays, I investigated the practices and roles of work-integration social enterprises (WISEs) in the disability sector. In the first essay, I conducted an inductive qualitative study and developed a novel process model on how WISEs are supporting disabled people through an emancipatory process. In the second, I further explored different exercises among WISEs by conducting a quantitative survey. In the final essay, I adopted a beneficiary’s perspective and investigated what job attributes are valued by disabled people. The essays contribute to the theories of emancipation and social entrepreneurship literature by pointing out that WISEs are not a homogenous group and offer practical implications for developing more effective strategies in supporting people with disabilities.