Hybridity in Nonprofit Organizations: Organizational Perspectives on Combining Multiple Logics

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Malhotra, Aastha, Wright, April L. and Jarvis, Lee C.. 2024. "Hybridity in Nonprofit Organizations: Organizational Perspectives on Combining Multiple Logics." Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-024-05687-y
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Hybridity in Nonprofit Organizations: Organizational Perspectives on Combining Multiple Logics

ERA Journal ID8465
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMalhotra, Aastha, Wright, April L. and Jarvis, Lee C.
Journal TitleJournal of Business Ethics
Number of Pages17
Year2024
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN0167-4544
1573-0697
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-024-05687-y
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-024-05687-y?utm_source=rct_congratemailt&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=oa_20240502&utm_content=10.1007/s10551-024-05687-y
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Seeking to better understand how nonprofit organizations (NPOs) manage hybridity, we investigated what distinguishes NPOs that combine multiple logics in productive and unproductive ways. We collected and analyzed data from six case studies of NPOs delivering social services in Australia. Our findings reveal that organizational members of NPOs take a perspective on their hybrid nature which comprises four elements: motivational framing, actor engagement, resourcing attitude, and governance orientation. NPOs that combine multiple logics in productive and unproductive ways, respectively, are distinguished by (1) a compelling or confused motivational framing for combining logics; (2) actors having active and shared, or passive and isolated, engagement with multiple logics; (3) attitudes toward resourcing multiple logics that are either coherent or competitive; and (4) a governance orientation toward multiple logics as opportunities to leverage or problems to resist. Our findings contribute to the literature by deepening understanding of the interplay between complex constellations of multiple logics in NPOs, including religious and professional logics. We also develop a model of organizational perspectives on hybridity and their implications for distinguishing NPOs that productively harness tensions between logics.

Keywordsnonprofit organizations, institutional logics, hybridity, organizational perspectives, social welfare, human services organizations
Article Publishing Charge (APC) FundingOther
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440999. Social work not elsewhere classified
440499. Development studies not elsewhere classified
350708. Not-for-profit business and management
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
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