Special Issue "Social Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Organizations and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Bing Ran
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Guest Editor
Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, USA
Interests: governance and collaborative governance networks; social entrepreneurship and hybrid organizations; organizational identity (identification) and image (imaging); knowledge management and knowledge integration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings requires new solutions on how we organize human activities to handle ever-changing challenges and environments. The traditional way of humans organizing into a “pure” type of organizations is no long viable for the sustainable development of our society, which requires all modern organizations to hybridize, an adaptive response to the ever-changing environmental constraints an organization faces. Hybridization refers to the seemingly compatible and incompatible institutional logics being selectively coupled to generate emergent features unavailable to traditional organizations employing these same logics separately—for example, the essential advantages of social entrepreneurship in dealing with sustainability is its hybrid nature. Social entrepreneurship refers to the creation and distribution of a public service or public good through entrepreneurial oriented organizations whose business activities are largely fed into serving the public good, the essence of which is hybridizing—a dialectical combination of two or more distinctively different institutional logics (social logic and business logic) and governance structures (service-driven vs. profit-driven).

Despite the growing utility and prevalence of hybrid organizations, in particular, the social entrepreneurial organizations, the organizing principles that select, discard, and hybridize institutional logics over time and context, and how the hybrid organization helps human beings to handle sustainability issues are little understood. It is imperative that these principles be identified as the interrelatedness and interconnectivity common to hybrid organizational forms and fomented by complex environments readily applicable to governance practices trying to cope with the complexity of sustainability. 

The purpose of this Special Issue is to examine why and how social entrepreneurship and hybrid organizations could help human beings to address sustainability issues. We are open to exploratory studies, conceptual papers, and empirical studies around this theme. Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Guest Editor to discuss the potential submissions before May 30, 2020. The submission deadline is August 30, 2020.

Dr. Bing Ran
Guest Editor

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Published Papers

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