FM as a social enterprise

Rozilah Kasim (School of Construction and Property Management, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, Centre for Facilities Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
John Hudson (School of Construction and Property Management, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, Centre for Facilities Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Publication date: 1 June 2006

Abstract

Purpose

To consider the extent to which the concept of social enterprise fits within facilities management (FM) thinking in helping to create community benefit in the process of delivering housing market renewal (HMR) in the UK. HMR via its HMR pathfinder organisations is part of many strategies in the ODPM (2003), introduced by the UK government to tackle low demand and housing abandonment across the UK.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper considers two key themes. First, it focuses on social enterprise practice within the context of supporting and sustaining the existing economy of the local communities in the most deprived areas in the UK. Second, it discusses the present understanding of FM practices and how far these fit within social enterprise practices in delivering social objectives.

Findings

Social enterprises tackle a wide range of social, environmental and economic issues to achieve public benefit. It is a promising vehicle for the development of community‐based FM.

Originality/value

The paper builds on established literature and generates debate on the role of FM within the context of relevant organisations that offers new ways of operating for public benefit rather than purely maximising profits for shareholders.

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Citation

Kasim, R. and Hudson, J. (2006), "FM as a social enterprise", Facilities, Vol. 24 No. 7/8, pp. 292-299. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632770610666143

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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