Evaluating the Key Success Factors of Social Business Hubs in the Middle East Mahmoud Al-Kilani, Arie Hans Verkuil & Rolf Meyer

Evaluating the Key Success Factors of Social Business Hubs in the Middle East

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Mahmoud Al-Kilani, Arie Hans Verkuil &  Rolf Meyer

Abstract

­Social business hubs play an important role in facilitating social innovation and support social entrepreneurs to deliver social benefits to the wider community. This paper aims to firstly identify and evaluate the key success factors of social business hubs in the Middle East with the focus on Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, secondly, identify what successful social hubs offer, and thirdly, identify the challenges facing social business hubs in the region. In-depth interviews with eight social business hub managers were conducted using a pre-designed questionnaire. The findings were interesting and meaningful and show the impact severity of the COVID-19 pandemic on the infrastructure of the social business hubs. Networking and collaboration seem to be the predominant success factor for social business hubs. Finally, we observe that social business hubs in the region are facing many challenges; the main two are lack of government support and funding issues.

 Keywords: Success factors, business model innovation, social innovation, social hub and social incubator, accelerator.

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Title: Evaluating the Key Success Factors of Social Business Hubs in the Middle East
Author: Mahmoud Al-Kilani, Arie Hans Verkuil &  Rolf Meyer
Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
Website: ijsab.com
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5140107
Media: Online
Volume: 5
Issue: 8
Acceptance Date: 12/07/2021
Date of Publication: 27/07/2021
PDF URL: https://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/799.pdf
Free download: Available
Page: 289-304
First Page: 289
Last Page: 304
Paper Type: Research paper
Current Status: Published

 

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Mahmoud Al-Kilani, Arie Hans Verkuil &  Rolf Meyer (2021). Evaluating the Key Success Factors of Social Business Hubs in the Middle East. International Journal of Science and Business, 5(8), 289-304. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5140107

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Mahmoud Al-Kilani (corresponding author), School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), CH – 5210 Windsch, Switzerland. Tel: +41 56 202 7297. Email: Mahmoud.alkilani@fhnw.ch.

Arie Hans Verkuil, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), CH – 5210 Windisch, Switzerland. Tel: +41 56 202 7297. Email: arie.verkuil@fhnw.ch.

Rolf Meyer, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), CH – 4600 Olten, Switzerland. Tel: +41 62 957 2356. Email: rolf.meyer@fhnw.ch.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5140107

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