Social Enterprise & Hybridity

Today young people are increasingly concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money. They are looking to use their skills to benefit a cause while their faith in corporate social responsibility programs, the government or not-for-profit organisations to tackle societal issues efficiently and effectively has declined. 

Against this backdrop, social enterprises (SE) describe hybrid organizations that combine the customs of both traditional businesses and not-for-profits at their core (Battilana & Lee, 2014). They are built and operate under the key premise to sustainably mitigate social issues (Mair & Marti, 2006). SE as a new way of addressing societal challenges and doing business became a hot topic and intensively discussed concept among scholars and practitioners.

If you are interested in the promise of using entrepreneurship to find innovative solutions to address social problems sustainably and are especially curious about the topic of hybridity in SE and its implications, please do not hesitate to contact me and apply within the set timeframes for each semester.

Starting Literature: 

  • Battilana, J., & Lee, M. (2014) Advancing research on hybrid organizing: Insights from the study of social enterprises. Academy of Management Annals, 8(1): 397-441.
  • Mair, J. & Marti, I. (2006) Social entrepreneurship research: A source of explanation, prediction, and delight. Journal of World Business, 41(1): 36-44.
  • Wry, T., & York, J. G. (2017) An Identity-Based Approach to Social Enterprise. Academy of Management Review, 42(3): 437-460.

Vivien Küst