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Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by: Asia Case Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Published in: 2009

Abstract

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association has been pursuing its social enterprise initiative since 1994 to create employment and training opportunities for former mental patients in Hong Kong. As of mid-2008, 18 social enterprises have been launched, including a supply chain of organic foods with a farm, two restaurants and five retail shops. Despite success in its social mission, the social enterprises are only partially self-sustaining. The management also faces the challenges of increasing business complexities, keen market competition and more stringent government regulations on food safety. The ability of New Life to tackle these issues is constrained by the fact that the majority of its management staff come from social work or other non-business backgrounds. To scale up its business and to achieve self-sustainability, it is imperative for the organisation to revisit its management and human resources strategies, and find ways to improve the financial performance of its social enterprises.
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Abstract

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association has been pursuing its social enterprise initiative since 1994 to create employment and training opportunities for former mental patients in Hong Kong. As of mid-2008, 18 social enterprises have been launched, including a supply chain of organic foods with a farm, two restaurants and five retail shops. Despite success in its social mission, the social enterprises are only partially self-sustaining. The management also faces the challenges of increasing business complexities, keen market competition and more stringent government regulations on food safety. The ability of New Life to tackle these issues is constrained by the fact that the majority of its management staff come from social work or other non-business backgrounds. To scale up its business and to achieve self-sustainability, it is imperative for the organisation to revisit its management and human resources strategies, and find ways to improve the financial performance of its social enterprises.

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