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Alternative ways of financing and the citizens’ engagement: an analysis of the business models

The realization of profit and non-profit projects that entail long-term benefits for the community, needs huge amount of funds. The organizations involved must therefore deal with problems in the search for the necessary financial resources. The objective of the research group is to analyse the alternative ways of financing and mechanisms for the community’s engagement and to investigate the possible development of the business model of the organizations involved.The community will be investigated in two aspects. On the one hand, the community will be investigated as potential funders of the project, and, on the other hand, the community will be considered as a group of subjects directly involved with the project to be funded from the design phase to the management of the activities linked to the project.The research group has already partly achieved this goal by a first study focused specifically on two alternative business models: the crowdfunding and the cooperative model.The main publications of the group are the following:

  • Simeoni, Francesca; DE CRESCENZO, Veronica, Ecomuseums (on Clean Energy), Cycle Tourism and Civic Crowdfunding: A New Match for Sustainability? «SUSTAINABILITY» , vol. 10 , n. 3 , 2018 , pp. 817-832;
  • DE CRESCENZO, Veronica; Simeoni, Francesca, Is Civic Crowdfunding suitable for funding an Ecomuseum? Smart Tourism , McGraw-Hill Education , 2018 , pp. 41-55;
  • "The Role of Citizen-Based Support and Finance Mechanisms for Strengthening and Managing Energy Transition" (in corso di pubblicazione on line);
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Veronica De Crescenzo

Veronica De Crescenzo
Assistant Professor
Francesca Simeoni
Assistant Professor
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Destination management Gestione del turismo
Tourism management
En plein air tourism Gestione del turismo
Tourism management
Fair trade Responsabilità sociale d'impresa ed etica aziendale
CSR, sustainability and business ethics
The citizens’ engagement in the financing process of civic ‘place-based’ initiatives Finanza aziendale
Corporate finance
The corporate financial structure and the innovative financing instruments Finanza aziendale
Corporate finance
Public utilities management Gestione dei servizi
Service management
Decisional processes Imprenditorialità
Entrepreneurship
SMEs development Imprenditorialità
Entrepreneurship
Valorization and sustainability of the territories Responsabilità sociale d'impresa ed etica aziendale
CSR, sustainability and business ethics

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