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Hybrids of Hybrids? Plural Forms of Collaboration and the Social Value of Public Initiatives

Ito, N., Pongeluppe, L. S., Lazzarini, S. G. , Oliveira, F. & Ovanessoff, A. (2017). Hybrids of Hybrids? Plural Forms of Collaboration and the Social Value of Public Initiatives. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(1), 15338. doi: 10.5465/ambpp.2017.15338abstract


Although public initiatives often involve multiple collaborative (hybrid) arrangements between for-profit, nonprofit, and public actors, we still lack a consolidated framework explaining how a single public initiative can involve multiple types of collaboration in tandem. We examine three concurrent hybrids—public collaborations with for-profit firms, with non-profit organizations, and between units of the public bureaucracy—and use fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to unveil configurations consistent with social value creation (evidence of social impact) based on a unique set of 24 public initiatives in Brazil, India, and South Africa. We find configurations involving multiple or plural types of collaboration (“hybrids of hybrids”) and inductively propose theoretical mechanisms explaining contingent synergistic effects of those hybrids as a function of their resource complementarity and perceived legitimacy.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 Academy of Management.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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