EMES member Dr. Philip M. Karré is extending a kind invite to the larger EMES community for an online seminar on November 4 and 5 on behalf of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Governing and Managing Hybridity of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM).
Social enterprises come in many forms and sizes. What they all have in common, is their hybrid character, mixing the institutional logics of state, market and society. This hybridity is their strength, as it encourages synergy and innovation, but also their weakness, as it leads to ambiguity and confusion. For example, while many governments encourage communities and individuals to play a more active part in tackling societal problems, they often still find it difficult to decide how to interact with and support social enterprises, which (due to their hybridity) do not fit into traditional government classifications.
Social enterprises share this fate with other hybrid organizational forms, such as state-owned enterprises, autonomized organizations at arm’s length from government (so-called quangos). All these hybrids transcend the borders between traditional sectors, policy domains and jurisdiction levels. They combine different and inherently contradictory governance mechanisms (state, market networks and self-organization) in new and innovative ways and foster coproduction between different societal actors. Ideally, they combine the strengths of each governance mode and compensate or mitigate its weaknesses. But, given their fundamentally different nature, hybrid arrangements will always create tensions. These tensions can be made productive when they lead to synergy and innovation. But they can also become destructive and lead to problems such as mission drift, cultural clashes and accountability issues.
“Hybridity is not a new, but still a rather misunderstood phenomenon. This is why the IRSPM SIG on Governing and Managing Hybridity organizes an online seminar about the subject on November 4 and 5”, explains Dr. Karré. “This online seminar will aim to increase participants’ understanding of the rise, workings and effects of hybridity, of its conceptual richness, its theoretical relevance, its empirical manifestations, as well as of its implications, effects and consequences in the modern world.”
For more information on hybrid organizations, see www.hybridorganisations.com.
For more information about the online seminar and to register (for free), see https://events.tuni.fi/valueofhybridity2020/.