Leading Innovation through Knowledge Transfer to Social Enterprises in Northern Ireland

  • Eddie Friel
  • Kerry Patterson
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 18)


This paper describes the work carried out by the University of Ulster to transfer knowledge and expertise to social enterprises. It sets the Northern Ireland social economy sector in context and highlights the exemplary manner in which Ulster supports social enterprises in innovative ways to help the sector prosper. A number of examples are explored to demonstrate how knowledge is transferred to the sector.


Domestic Violence Social Enterprise Social Economy Voucher Scheme Student Research Assistance 
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  1. 1.
    Northern Ireland Executive Programme for Government 2008-2011, p. 8 (January 2008)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Social Economy Enterprise Strategy 2010-11 (March 2010)Google Scholar
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    Progress on Developing a Successful Social Economy: NI Government’s Progress Report on 2006-2007 Action Plan, p. 3 (July 2007)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    DEL and Invest NI Project Evaluation of the Second Round of the Northern Ireland Higher education innovation Fund (NI HEIF 2) Report, p. 85 (May 2010)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eddie Friel
    • 1
  • Kerry Patterson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UlsterColeraineUK

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