Advancing Research on Social-Business Hybrid Organizations
Organizer: Marya Hill-Popper Besharov; Cornell U.
Organizer: Wendy K. Smith; U. of Delaware
Organizer: Julie Battilana; Harvard U.
Presenter: Marya Hill-Popper Besharov; Cornell U.
Presenter: Wendy K. Smith; U. of Delaware
Presenter: Nardia Haigh; U. of Massachusetts
Presenter: Andrew J. Hoffman; U. of Michigan
Discussant: Klaus Weber; Northwestern U.
Presenter: Julie Battilana; Harvard U.
Social-business hybrid organizations combine market and social welfare logics: they pursue a social mission but rely on commercial activities to generate revenue and sustain their operations. Scholars have recently started to examine the challenges these organizations face and strategies and practices by which they attempt to manage these challenges. In order for research on hybrids to advance and make significant theoretical and practical contributions, scholars need to address several important questions. For example, under what conditions do social-business hybrids emerge? How are these organizations similar to and different from other types of hybrids and traditional for-profit and non-profit organizations? Under what conditions can social-business hybrids retain their hybrid nature? What factors influence their performance? The purpose of this PDW is to advance research on social-business hybrids by providing a forum for these issues. Julie Battilana will first provide an overview of critical questions for research on social-business hybrids. Four panelists—Marya Besharov, Nardia Haigh, Andrew Hoffman, and Wendy Smith—will then offer insights into this emerging field of research. A discussant, Klaus Weber, will offer commentary and facilitate a large group question and answer session. Participants will then break up into smaller discussion groups, each facilitated by a panelist and/or co-organizer. We will conclude with a collective discussion of insights gained and next steps for research on social-business hybrid organizations. By facilitating conversations about common challenges and opportunities, the PDW will help develop a community of scholars pursuing research on social-business hybrids, using diverse theoretical lenses and methodological approaches.
Search Terms: hybrid organizations , social enterprise , institutional logics