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Jacinth M Boudier

Thesis Topic

Community enterprise: The benefits and challenges of implementing a sustainable community engagement mechanism in a small economy.

Abstract

Community enterprise solutions are implemented by businesses to sustainably engage host communities. Local managers collaborate with host communities to implement mutually beneficial sustainable solutions to social problems. The research builds on a previous dissertation which explored how multinational companies engaged with host communities and the drivers of the community engagement process. Engagement was more effective where local managers had access to first-hand information on community priorities by their involvement in local community stakeholder meetings and non-governmental skills and networks were leveraged to the community.

Communities are diverse and identifying and implementing entrepreneurial solutions that are sustainable and mutually beneficial to business and community could be challenging. The research will contribute to the community enterprise discussions within corporate social responsibility (CSR) domain, including community engagement issues as well as developmental and entrepreneurial challenges relating to small economies.

The purpose of the research is to understand the application of community enterprise within small economies with a view to influence policy and encourage the implementation of sustainable community enterprise solutions to reduce poverty and create jobs in small economies.

A multiple case study design is contemplated based on a qualitative approach with data mainly derived from interviews supported by secondary sources.

Research interests

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability particularly to Corporate Community Involvement, Community Engagement and Community enterprise and the impact on small economies.

Bio

Education

  • MRes Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (Distinction), University of London Birkbeck College
  • MSc Accounting, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
  • BSc Accounting, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Professional/Employment background

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica.

Over 20 years of professional experience in financial management and internal audit including 12 years in the international service industry. Managed the secretarial function for the Audit Committee for a subsidiary of an international telecommunications company.

For the future I would like to be involved with research in corporate social responsibility and sustainability in general with a focus on community engagement and community enterprise. I am also interested in teaching opportunities in these areas and in research methods and statistics.

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Jacinth Boudier

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