Adoption of Innovation in Small-Scale Forestry: The Case of Portable Sawmill Based Microenterprise

Exploration of the adoption of portable-sawmill-based forest microenterprises. Key findings include common factors motivating portable sawmill adoption, as well as a bimodal adoption pattern, supporting previously postulated arguments regarding the importance of creating multiple adoption theories.

Abstract: 

Microenterprise development can be a valuable societal component not only in terms of filling important niche markets, but also by enhancing a society's wellbeing through creating opportunities available to people who are marginalized by the labor force for one reason or another. Forest microenterprises, in particular, can enhance rural community development efforts, as well as forest conservation goals, by empowering local people to successfully manage their resources as well as offer the possibility of income enhancement (Salafsky, Cordes, Leighton, Henderson, Watt, & Cherry, 1997; Lupo, 2012). This paper explores the adoption of portable-sawmill-based forest microenterprises. Key findings include common factors motivating portable sawmill adoption, as well as a bimodal adoption pattern, supporting previously postulated arguments regarding the importance of creating multiple adoption theories.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Crystal Lupo
Year of Publication: 
2015
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Social Change
Volume: 
7
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
28-28
Date Published: 
Friday, May 15, 2015
DOI: 
10.5590/JOSC.2015.07.1.03

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