Challenges of Hybridizing Innovation: Exploring Structural Attractors as Constraints

Show simple item record Newth, Jamie en Shepherd, Deborah en Woods, Christine en
dc.contributor.editor Corbett, A en
dc.contributor.editor Katz, J en 2019-05-28T01:38:09Z en 2017 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-78743-254-3 en
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dc.description.abstract World Vision was founded to address extreme poverty. The primary fundraising mechanism that has fuelled its growth it into one of the largest international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) has been Child Sponsorship, which connects over 10 million individual donors with vulnerable children around the world. However, shifts in the market, geopolitical landscape, and institutional logics has seen this once innovative product come under increasing pressure. Using World Vision New Zealand (WVNZ) as a case study, we explore the challenges of implementing social entrepreneurship strategies including the institutional constraints of developing new business models through hybridization. Hybridity has gained increasing attention in the field of entrepreneurship and has been offered as a sense-making frame for social entrepreneurship innovation. The use of institutional logics to understand the challenges of hybrid organizing in social entrepreneurship has been invaluable. However, as with any theoretical perspective, this approach has limitations. We suggest that nuanced challenges and sources of resistance to social entrepreneurship in established sectors and organizations might usefully be explored through concepts drawn from complexity theory. Specifically, we propose the use of structural attractors that enable the explication of convergent, unifying and generative dynamics. Our case study findings suggest that, paradoxically, the very essence of historical success may constrain future success. To wit, when faced with changes to institutional and market conditions, WVNZ was constrained by the very construct that enabled its initial growth. The challenge that this case demonstrates is that despite ostensibly hybrid shifts occurring in the management, governance, and espoused innovation strategy of the organization, the governing structural attractor of Child Sponsorship has constrained innovation and change. en
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Limited en
dc.relation.ispartof Hybrid Ventures en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth en
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dc.title Challenges of Hybridizing Innovation: Exploring Structural Attractors as Constraints en
dc.type Book Item en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/S1074-754020170000019003 en
pubs.begin-page 61 en
pubs.volume 19 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
pubs.end-page 91 en Bingley, UK en
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pubs.elements-id 620566 en Business and Economics en Management & Intl Business en
pubs.number 3 en

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