Journal of Social Sciences

Developing a Community Enterprise Consultant Network for Isan

Chalard Chantarasombat

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2011.611.618

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 4

Pages 611-618

Abstract

Problem statement:Developing a Community Enterprise Consultant Network for Isan (Northeast Thailand) is a Participatory Action Research with the purpose: (1) Study the current situation, problems and needs of community enterprises in Northeast Thailand (2) Create a benchmark process in the development of community enterprise consultant network. (3) Create partnerships. (4) Provide training and knowledge to community enterprise consultants and create an information system database for the network. (5) Create regulations and principles for the network. The pilot research project was carried out by the combined support of The Research Unit and Community Development and Knowledge Management Team, Faculty of Education. Approach: Mahasarakham University and the Department of Industrial Promotion. 54 consultants were chosen for the project. The research was divided into 9 steps and the model for developing community enterprise consultant network was performed in 3 phases of participatory action research which included 20 development activities. Results: Preliminary assessments revealed that 80% of the participating 54 community enterprise consultants in Northeast Thailand lack educational and community analysis skills before the training. After the training, 20 consultants received A

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© 2011 Chalard Chantarasombat. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.