Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

The role of governance in the dehybridization of social enterprises

    This paper examines the challenges of organizational governance in the transformation of hybrid organizations. Hybrid organizations, studied in the context of 33,350 Community Interest Companies from 2006-2020 in the United Kingdom, highlight tensions and contradictions arising from pursuing multiple goals. In the world of hybrid organizations, an important problem is how and why hybrid organizations shed one or more logics, which I conceptualize as the process of dehybridization. Dehybridization has implications which can transpire by the hybrid changing form to a dominant logic form, a new hybrid, or dissolution of the organization. Governance in the form of board heterogeneity is examined along eight dimensions—age, gender, title, education, occupation, directorships, tenure, and nationality—to find whether boards that are more heterogeneous are more adaptive in dehybridizing. This paper finds that boards with more overall heterogeneity are 4.5 times more likely to adaptively transform by shedding logics and dehybridizing than any other type of community interest company.

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