Quotation Ometto, M. Paola, Gegenhuber, Thomas, Winter, Johanna, Greenwood, Royston. 2018. From Balancing Missions to Mission Drift: The Role of the Institutional Context, Spaces, and Compartmentalization in the Scaling of Social Enterprises. Business & Society.


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In this article, we explain the mechanisms that allow social enterprises to balance their missions, and the risk of mission drift as organizations grow. We empirically explore Incubator-BUS (I-BUS), a student organization within a private Brazilian university, which sought to incubate cooperatives for vulnerable groups. Although initially successful in balancing its missions, I-BUS then failed. We show how scaling-up can complicate the balancing of different missions within the same organization. We propose that, to balance their missions, social enterprises—especially recently formed and democratically managed enterprises—need not only “spaces of negotiation,” as suggested in the literature, but also “herding spaces” that connect an organization to its institutional context. We indicate why herding spaces are critical, but then show how scaling-up can result in organizational “compartmentalization” that undermines them.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Business & Society
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title From Balancing Missions to Mission Drift: The Role of the Institutional Context, Spaces, and Compartmentalization in the Scaling of Social Enterprises
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0007650318758329
Open Access N

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People
Winter, Johanna (Former researcher)
External
Gegenhuber, Thomas (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)
Greenwood, Royston (University of Alberta, Canada)
Ometto, M. Paola (University of Alberta, Canada)
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Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
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