The governance of hybrid organisations

Cornforth, Chris (2020). The governance of hybrid organisations. In: Billis, David and Rochester, Colin eds. Handbook of Hybrid Organisations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 220–236.



This chapter focuses on the governance of social enterprises. It examines the question what choices and challenges do social enterprises face in designing their governance structures, systems and processes in order to manage competing institutional logics and avoid mission drift? It argues that the various options have different advantages and disadvantages, which need to be weighed up when deciding what is appropriate for a particular organisation. The aim then is to examine some of the choices that practitioners are likely to face when considering how their social enterprise is governed, and drawing on extant research to identify some of the important factors and challenges that they should consider in making their choices.

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