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Sustainability and the social fabric: Europe's new textile industries

Sustainability and the social fabric: Europe's new textile industries
Sustainability and the social fabric: Europe's new textile industries
At a time when the trend for social enterprise or entrepreneurial community development is gaining momentum across the world, Sustainability and the Social Fabric: Europe’s New Textile Industries, provides current knowledge of unique assets and capabilities being created in the European textile and clothing sector.

In a context of the European Union’s knowledge economy initiative developed in response to the decline of the European textile industry, the book presents a picture of how innovation through social sustainability and entrepreneurship embedded in the unique skill sets of local communities can enable a competitive future for the European textile sector. Case studies of textiles SMEs present different socially sustainable innovation eco-systems. The case studies supported by interviews with key leaders and by comparative analysis drawn from enterprises based outside Europe, demonstrate how market competitiveness can be achieved by helping to maintain the local social fabric, promoting the value of industrial artisans, and by encouraging consumer participation in the making narrative.
social sustainability, entrepreneurship, European Union, case studies, innovation, industrial artisans
Bloomsbury Academic
Whittaker, Paul
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Padovani, Clio
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Whittaker, Paul
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Padovani, Clio
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Whittaker, Paul and Padovani, Clio (2017) Sustainability and the social fabric: Europe's new textile industries , London. Bloomsbury Academic, 177pp.

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At a time when the trend for social enterprise or entrepreneurial community development is gaining momentum across the world, Sustainability and the Social Fabric: Europe’s New Textile Industries, provides current knowledge of unique assets and capabilities being created in the European textile and clothing sector.

In a context of the European Union’s knowledge economy initiative developed in response to the decline of the European textile industry, the book presents a picture of how innovation through social sustainability and entrepreneurship embedded in the unique skill sets of local communities can enable a competitive future for the European textile sector. Case studies of textiles SMEs present different socially sustainable innovation eco-systems. The case studies supported by interviews with key leaders and by comparative analysis drawn from enterprises based outside Europe, demonstrate how market competitiveness can be achieved by helping to maintain the local social fabric, promoting the value of industrial artisans, and by encouraging consumer participation in the making narrative.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2016
Published date: 24 August 2017
Keywords: social sustainability, entrepreneurship, European Union, case studies, innovation, industrial artisans

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Local EPrints ID: 412390
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412390
PURE UUID: 0ae401c9-d084-4345-ba89-f5bb5aef57a7

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2017 13:34
Last modified: 30 Jul 2020 16:32

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