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Handbook on Hybrid Organisations

Edited by David Billis, Emeritus Reader, London School of Economics and Colin Rochester, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Kent, UK
Hybrid Organisations – that integrate competing organisational principles – have become a preferred means of tackling the complexity of today's societal problems. One familiar set of examples are organisations that combine significant features from market, public and third sector organisations. Many different groundbreaking approaches to hybridity are contained in this Handbook, which brings together a collection of empirical studies from an international body of scholars. The chapters analyse and theorise the position of hybrid organisations and have important implications for theory, practice and policy in a context of proliferating hybrid forms of organisation.
Extent: c 616 pp
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Publication Date: February 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78536 610 9
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
This Handbook seeks to better understand the fundamental characteristics of hybrid organisations from different sectors, countries, activities and contexts. Presenting a series of groundbreaking approaches to hybridity, this comprehensive Handbook on Hybrid Organisations brings together internationally renowned scholars in an innovative empirical study.
Offering guidance in the prolific and rapidly growing field of hybrid organisations, chapters review the various types of hybrid forms across the public, private and third sectors. Contributors not only explore the role and contribution of hybrid organisations globally, but also develop critical new theories about the place of hybrids in a new organisational reality.
Pioneering and thorough, this Handbook is vital reading for scholars and students of public and social administration, organisational theory, business and management studies and the third sector. Policymakers and organisation leaders responding to the development of hybrid forms will also benefit from its unique insight into the new environment for hybrid organisations.
‘The blurring of sectoral boundaries and the explosion of new organisational forms and arrangements is an increasingly dominant feature of contemporary economic, political and social life. In this Handbook, editors David Billis and Colin Rochester have successfully embraced and advanced the field of hybridity in organisations. Contributing authors capture both the advantages of hybridity in solving complex problems and overcoming boundary constraints, and the challenges posed by competing logics and accountability structures. The Handbook contains numerous insightful case studies as well as the rudiments of an entirely new theory of hybrid organisations. This is a major advance in organisational and policy studies.’
– Dennis R. Young, Georgia State University and Case Western Reserve University, US

‘This inspiring book brings together work by leading academics and practitioners to explore the complex world of hybrid organisations in an authoritative, comprehensive and highly original overview of this important new topic. In assembling these cutting edge contributions, the editors bring together public, private and third sector perspectives on hybridity for the first time. This Handbook is a must-read for anyone interested in the changing nature of organisational life where the third sector is going, and opens up important new pathways for research and action.’
– David Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

‘This important volume presents a culmination of years of careful theory development and empirical exploration by the editors – two highly accomplished organisational scholars. The hybridity approach builds on earlier sectoral conceptions of the organisational structure of contemporary societies. In this volume, a broad range of international scholars clearly demonstrate that the hybridity approach has become the prime way of understanding the interconnections between politics, economics, and voluntary action.’
– Jon van Til, Rutgers University, US
Contributors include: E. Beaton, A. Blessing, A.E. Boardman, R. Bolden, B. Boers, C. Child, C. Cornforth, J. Crotty, J.-L. Denis, B. Doherty, E. Dowin Kennedy, A. Ellis Paine, A. Evers, E. Ferlie, L. Fuglsang, J. Gärde, M. Gulbrandsen, N. Haigh, K. Hall, H. Haugh, M. Hill, D. Holt, K. Hulse, B. Huybrechts, C. Jacobs, P. Marcel Karré, K. Kreutzer, H. Lipovsaka, D. Littlewood, S. Ljubinovsky, F. Lyon, R. Millar, R. Miller, V. Milligan, J.K. Møller, M.A. Moore, D. Mullins, M. Nordqvist, V. Pestoff, J. Rijpens, A. Soetens, J. Soukopova, A.Thomasson, T. Thune, G.Vacecova, N. van Gestel, A.C. van Lint, P.A.M. Vermeulen, A.R. Vining, D.L. Weimer, R. Winter


1. Introduction to the Handbook on Hybrid Organisations
David Billis and Colin Rochester

Part I Public Sector Hybrids
2. Hybrid Organisations: Between State and Market
Philip Marcel Karré

3. Hybridity in Public Organisations
Nicolette van Gestel, Jean-Louis Denis and Ewan Ferlie

4. Local Government Mixed Enterprises
Anthony E. Boardman and Mark A. Moore

5. Hybrid Organisations in English Health and Social Care
Ross Millar, Kelly Hall and Robin Miller

6. Public-Private Hybrids: A Property Rights Perspective
Adrian R. Vining and David L. Weimer

7. Hybridity and Research Organisations
Magnus Gulbrandsen and Taran Thune

8. The Swedish Corporate Model
Anna Thomasson

9. Bridging Public and Private Innovation Patterns
Lars Fuglsang and Jørn Kjølseth Møller

10. Hybridity in Higher Education
Richard Winter and Richard Bolden

Part II Private Sector Hybrids
11. The Rise of the Dutch East India Company
Patrick A.M. Vermeulen and Arlette Cindy van Lint

12. Social Enterprise and the Dilemmas of Hybrid Organisations
Curtis Child

13. The Governance of Hybrid Organisations
Chris Cornforth

14. Strategic Management Tensions in Hybrid Organisations
Bob Doherty, Helen Haugh and Fergus Lyon

15. Increasing Social Impact Among Social Enterprises and Traditional Firms
Elena Dowin Kennedy, Erynn Beaton and Nardia Haigh

16. Organisational Hybridity in Affordable Housing Finance
Anita Blessing and David Mullins

Part III Third Sector Hybrids
17. Third Sector Hybrid Organisations: Two Different Approaches.
Adalbert Evers

18. Public Administration Regimes and Co-production in Hybrid Organisations
Victor Pestoff

19. The Hybridisation of Russian Non-profit Organisations
Sergej Ljubownikow and Jo Crotty

20. The Development of Civil Society Organisations in the Transitional Economy of the Czech Republic
Gabriela Vaceková, Hana Lipovská and Jana Soukopová

21. Housing Third Sector Organisations in Australia
Vivienne Milligan and Kath Hulse

22. Strategic Mission Management in Hybrid Organisations
Karin Kreutzer and Claus Jacobs

23. Building Legitimacy for Hybrid Organisations
Benjamin Huybrechts, Julie Rijpens, Aurelie Soetens and Helen Haugh


Part Four: The Three Sectors and their Boundaries

24. Hybrid Organisations and Human Problems: Towards a New Organisational Reality
David Billis

25. Hybrid Organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa
David Littlewood and Diane Holt

26. The Church, Faith-based Organisations and the Three Sectors
Johann Garde

27. Volunteers and Hybrid Organisations
Colin Rochester, Angela Ellis Paine and Matt Hill

28. Family Businesses as Hybrid Organisations
Boers Borje and Mattias Nordqvist

29. Hybrid Organisations in the Overlapping Territory with the Personal World
David Billis