Heterogeneity in Organizational Hybridity: A Configurational, Situated, and Dynamic Approach

Marya Besharov, Björn Mitzinneck

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    As complex, intractable social problems continue to intensify, organizations increasingly respond with novel approaches that bridge multiple institutional spheres and combine forms, identities, and logics that would conventionally not go together, creating hybridity. Scholarly research on this phenomenon has expanded in tandem, raising questions about how the concept of organizational hybridity can maintain analytical clarity while accommodating a diverse range of empirical manifestations. Reviewing and integrating extant literature, the authors argue that to achieve both analytical rigor and real-world relevance, research must account for variation in how hybridity is organizationally configured, temporally situated, and institutionally embedded. The authors develop a framework that captures this heterogeneity and discuss three key implications for hybridity research: drawing on multiple theoretical lenses, examining varied empirical contexts, and adopting multi-level and dynamic perspectives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrganizational Hybridity
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives, Processes, Promises
    EditorsMarya L. Besharov, Björn C. Mitzineck
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83909-354-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-83909-355-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
    ISSN (Print)0733-558X


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