Tommaso Ramus, Católica Lisbon, School of Business & Economics, Portugal
Marya Besharov, ILR School at Cornell University, USA
Francesco Rullani, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Call for papers:
In order to address deep-rooted societal challenges such as poverty, environmental degradation, health, and human rights, new forms of organizing are emerging at the intersection of business, charity, and government. Social enterprises and B-corporations pursue social and environmental missions through commercial ventures (Smith et al., 2013; Gehman & Grimes, 2017). Cross-sector partnerships bring together for-profit, non-profit and government organizations (Sharma & Bansal, 2017; Nicholls & Huybrechts, 2016). Traditional for-profit businesses engage in corporate social responsibility efforts (Margolis & Walsh, 2003; Marquis & Quan, 2013), and governments incorporate market-based approaches to improve social welfare (Polzer et al., 2016).
To understand this phenomenon, organizational theorists often draw on the concept of hybridity – the mixing of identities, forms or logics that would conventionally not go together (Battilana et al., 2017; Battilana & Lee, 2014). For example, studies have explored how combining banking and development logics in microfinance organizations can help alleviate poverty in underdeveloped countries (Battilana & Dorado, 2010; Zhao & Wry, 2016) and how mixing elements of non-profit and for-profit forms can yield new approaches to issues such as homelessness (Tracey et al., 2011). Other work examines the role of hybridity in addressing challenges of sustainability (Jay, 2013; York et al., 2016), unemployment and economic opportunity (Smith & Besharov, 2019; Ramus et al., 2017), and medical innovation (Murray, 2010).
Building on the successful sub-themes on hybrid organizations and hybridity organized at the 32nd and 34th EGOS Colloquia, this sub-theme focuses on how and under what conditions organizational hybridity can generate social impact, contribute to societal transformation, and provide solutions to complex social issues and grand challenges. The sub-theme will feature a keynote from Antonino Vaccaro (IESE Business School).
While we welcome studies that focus on tensions in hybridity, we are particularly interested in work that explores how tensions can become opportunities for innovation (Jay, 2013), market transformation (York et al., 2016), and societal impact (Mongelli et al., 2018). We also welcome studies that set the boundaries of hybridity, either questioning its role as a mechanism to transform societies (Mair et al., 2016; Mongelli & Rullani, 2017), or examining alternative organizing strategies for addressing societal issues and grand challenges (George et al., 2016). Specific questions of interest include:
For full details see: https://www.egosnet.org/2020/hamburg/CALL_for_Short_Papers