Empty Homes Project Workshop Report

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This report summarizes a research impact workshop held on Friday 30th May 2014 at Cultures CIC, Stockton-on-Tees. The aim of the workshop was for Dr Alex Gillett, Kim Loader, Professor Bob Doherty (all of The York Management School) and Dr Jonathan M. Scott (Centre for Strategy & Leadership, Teesside University) to share and test ideas from their research study of the Redcar & Cleveland ‘Empty Homes to Happy Homes’ Project. The Empty Homes to Happy Homes project was established in 2010 in order to tackle the problem of empty homes located within Redcar and Cleveland. The initiative grew from a conversation between Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Empty Homes Manager and Coast & Country Housing about tackling a particular empty homes problem. They were aware of a funding opportunity called the ‘Temporary Social Housing Grant’ and so got in touch with the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA). Following discussions with the HCA and advice that an application that also attempted to tackle worklessness would be viewed more favourably than one that did not, they contacted Community Campus ’87 Ltd (CC87) and East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust (ECYHT). Both were organizations with which they were familiar, and both already had experience with refurbishing property and training young people. An important objective was to identify ways in which the findings so far and the future direction of the research can be useful to the participating organizations. Additionally, Professor Doherty presented his recent co-authored article ‘Social enterprises as hybrid organizations - A review and research agenda’ published in the International Journal of Management Reviews, focusing on organizations that experience the challenges of balancing their commercial and social objectives on a daily basis. The workshop provided a forum for delegates to explore collaboration and collaborative partnership working. Also introduced at the workshop was the concept of hybridity, and discussions were also steered towards identifying the specific tensions that partners in the Empty Homes collaboration face from managing competing commercial and social logics, and to examine potential strategies that could be adopted to respond to these tensions. It is hoped that further events will be held to develop the research and to ensure its usefulness to the participating organizations. This report summarises the workshop and research to date, and is structured as follows: - Progress - Social Enterprise and hybridity - Next steps
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of York, The York Management School
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

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