Social Enterprises’ Hybridity in the Concept of Institutional Logics: Evidence from Polish NGOs

Paweł Mikołajczak


Social enterprises have gained wide recognition as a tool for solving social and environmental problems. They generate new opportunities in the social sphere, while being active in the commercial field. They are hybrid organizations that face many challenges when pursuing frequently conflicting goals. Social enterprises are therefore an expression of the possibility of different institutional logics coexisting as part of the same organization. Social enterprises running a commercial activity and using business-like practices legitimize the market logic, while the social goal of their operation is consistent with the logic of social welfare. Although there an intense discussion takes place in the literature on institutional logics that may affect nonprofits’ activity as hybrid organizations, so far the topic has been empirically verified only to a limited extent. The aim of this article is to examine the successful coexistence of the market logic and the social-welfare logic in NGOs acting as social enterprises. On the basis of a representative national survey of 3800 NGOs, including 412 carrying out market sales and thereby referred to as social enterprises, a one-factor analysis of variance was carried out. The obtained findings of the study indicate that social enterprises acting as non-governmental organizations successfully combine the market and the social-welfare logics.
Author Paweł Mikołajczak (WE / KB)
Paweł Mikołajczak,,
- Department of Banking
Journal seriesVoluntas, ISSN 0957-8765, e-ISSN 1573-7888, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Polishlogiki instytucjonalne; przedsiębiorstwa społeczne; organizacje pozarządowe, hybrydyczność
Keywords in EnglishInstitutional logics, Hybridity, Social enterprises, NGOs
ASJC Classification1403 Business and International Management; 1408 Strategy and Management; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3321 Public Administration
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 20-07-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.867; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.273 (2) - 2017=1.707 (5)
Citation count*1 (2020-10-12)
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UwagiFirst online: Published: 23 January 2020
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