Chasing two rabbits: how social enterprises as hybrid organizations manage paradoxes

Research paper by Ji-Hoon Park

Indexed on: 28 Jul '19Published on: 16 Apr '19Published in: Asian Business & Management


This study examines what kinds of paradoxes emerge in social enterprises and how they cope with those paradoxes. I argue social enterprises experience conflict due to their logic multiplicity. This research employs an inductive multiple case study design to examine management practices of social enterprises by using the sample of social enterprises in the Republic of Korea. The results empirically confirm four types of paradoxes and reveal that social enterprises use various approaches to address paradoxes, thereby sustaining their organizational hybridity. This study theoretically contributes to research on social enterprises as hybrid organizations, logic multiplicity, and organizational paradoxes.

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