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CFP ISIRC conference 2021 - Track: Hybrid organizations and Social Entrepreneurship -10 days left to Abstract Submission DEADLINE 28th FEB

  • 1.  CFP ISIRC conference 2021 - Track: Hybrid organizations and Social Entrepreneurship -10 days left to Abstract Submission DEADLINE 28th FEB

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    Stream #6: "Hybrid Models & organizing implications for social entrepreneurship research and beyond"

    Deadline for abstract submission: February 28th

    Stream Chairs: Bob Doherty, Giacomo Ciambotti


    Stream Description:

    At the heart of social enterprise and social innovation is the need to combine commercial and social objectives (Doherty et al. 2014). It is this combination that has been the focus of a growing body of research on hybrid models and organizing (Battilana & Lee, 2014). While much research has focused on the tensions between social and commercial objectives, research has also found that the ability to combine objectives is also a source of opportunity of any social entrepreneur or social innovator (Saebi et al. 2019; Ciambotti & Pedrini, 2019).

    At a time of growing research in this area, this stream of ISIRC conference will explore social enterprises and social innovation in the form of hybrid organizations. Hybrid organizing is also found to be breaking down some of the boundaries between sectors, professions and disciplines. It is the bringing together of different objectives, approaches, norms and logics that defines hybridity (Smith & Besharov, 2019). Given the recent literature reviews on this topic (Battilana et al. 2017; Besharov et al. 2019), there is much to learn about how hybridity is emerging, expanding the nature, challenges and outcomes of hybridity, such as mission drift (Grimes et al. 2019) or the identity-based dynamics of hybrid/social entrepreneurs (Wry & York, 2017). Also, research in social enterprises as hybrids has to deepen the understanding on how hybrids can help to tackle some of the intractable global challenges such as food system restoration, climate change, gender inequality, decent work, and the overall SDGs etc. Paper which investigate such outcomes as social impact, community transformation, economic development, social change etc. are very important for this stream.

    Secondly, research need to better investigate variations of hybrid organizations and models and in different contexts, especially those that have had less involvement in social enterprise research, particularly those in developing countries. For this reason, we call for research which investigate hybridity and social enterprises in developed and developing countries, such as Africa (Ciambotti et al. 2020), or hybridity and contextual challenges such as Covid-19 (Bacq & Lumkpin, 2020), or hybridity at different levels of analysis (micro, meso and macro-level) (Saebi et al. 2019). Also, variations in forms of hybrids as social enterprises, B Corps, benefit corporations, or other organizational forms.


    Third, hybridity has implications throughout the organization shaping models, behaviors and strategies (Battilana & Lee, 2014), with research now needed on how it shapes different stages of an enterprise and different parts of the operations. There are specific issues facing start-ups and those in the early stages, and in relation to the identification of social enterprise opportunities that combine social and commercial objectives (Wry & York, 2017). Also, business models have been demonstrated as useful lens in hybridity (Davies & Doherty, 2019), but more research is required to investigate challenges and opportunities in business model design and innovation in relation with hybridity. There is a need for more understanding of marketing issues, human resource management and innovation strategy that involves the interplay of logics, the micro-processes. We would welcome work on how trade-offs occur and how they are managed, to successfully pursue growth and scaling strategies, coupled with how win-wins are created and managed (Smith & Besharov, 2019; Shepherd & Patzelt, 2020).

    This stream is for people that are interested in questions connected to hybrid models and organizing both in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and beyond. Papers are invited on any element of hybrid research including:


             Hybrid organisational forms (social enteprises, B Corp, benefit corporations, etc.)

             How hybrids can tackle global challenges and SDGs

             Identity of hybrid organizations and social enterprises

             Opportunity recognition that combines social and commercial

             Interplay of logics in social innovation and social entrepreneurship

             Resolution of conflicting goals and mission drifts

             Business models of hybrids and social enterprises

             Strategies of hybrid organizations and social enterprises

             Hybridity and contextual challenges (e.g. Covid-19, economic crisis etc.)

             Hybrid organizations and communities/local contexts

             Hybrid organizations and social/environmental impacts in developed and developing countries

             Hybrid organizations and the institutional context

             International and cultural differences in hybrid models

             Capabilities and skills required within of hybrid organisations

             Combining environmental objectives with social and commercial

             Hybrids involving cultural objectives

             Models of marketing oriented to social and environmental value creation

             Learning about hybrid organizing from failure


    Abstract Submission 400 words: https://www.isirc2021milano.com/streams-and-submissions/



    ISIRC 2021 will take place in Milan (Italy), on 8-10 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ucsc.it), ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society (altis.unicatt.it), and E4Impact Foundation (e4impact.org).

    Depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be either hosted at the main campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (city centre of Milan) or take place on a virtual platform.

    The conference theme is "Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future".

    Confirmed Keynotes: Sophie Bacq, Silvia Dorado, Matthew Grimes, Johanna Mair, Christopher Marquis.


    List of conference streams (CPF are also attached to this email):

    1. Active ageing and social innovation.

    2. Critical perspectives on social innovation.

    3. New approaches to social innovation: design thinking theory, practice and critique

    4. Digital and technological social innovation.

    5. Financing social impact.

    6. Hybrid models & organizing implications for social entrepreneurship research & beyond

    7. Migrants' economic, social, and political inclusion: what role for social innovation?

    8. Public institutions and social innovation.

    9. Regional and geographical aspects of social innovation.

    10. Social impact measurement: challenges and promising pathways.

    11. Social innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

    12. Social innovation education.

    13. Social innovation for health and wellbeing.

    14. Sustainability and social innovation in a time of climate and biodiversity emergency.

    15. Theoretical and methodological futures for social innovation.

    16. Universities as global enabling social innovation agents.

    17. Social innovation and complexity.

    18. Circular economy and social innovation.

    19. Spirituality, social innovation and religious entrepreneurship.

    20. Sustainability and social innovation in pandemic era.

    21. Orchestration networks for social innovation.

    22. Open stream.


    For any information, do not hesitate to contact: isirc2021@unicatt.it

    Visit the conference website at: https://www.isirc2021milano.com/


    Looking forward for your abstracts,

    Bob, Giacomo





    Giacomo Ciambotti – Co-chair ISIRC 2021


    Post-Doc researcher

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano)


    ALTIS - Graduate School Business & Society | E4Impact Foundation

    Via San Vittore 18,

    20123, Milan, Italy


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