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call for papers: Special Issue "Social Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Organizations and Sustainability"

  • 1.  call for papers: Special Issue "Social Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Organizations and Sustainability"

    Posted 10-19-2019 16:47

    (apologies for cross-posting)


    Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050)

    Special Issue "Social Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Organizations and Sustainability" (


    Dr. Bing Ran, Guest Editor,  

    Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2020.


    Dear Colleagues,


    The environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings requires new solutions on how we organize human activities to handle ever-changing challenges and environments. The traditional way of humans organizing into a "pure" type of organizations is no long viable for the sustainable development of our society, which requires all modern organizations to hybridize, an adaptive response to the ever-changing environmental constraints an organization faces. Hybridization refers to the seemingly compatible and incompatible institutional logics being selectively coupled to generate emergent features unavailable to traditional organizations employing these same logics separately-for example, the essential advantages of social entrepreneurship in dealing with sustainability is its hybrid nature. Social entrepreneurship refers to the creation and distribution of a public service or public good through entrepreneurial oriented organizations whose business activities are largely fed into serving the public good, the essence of which is hybridizing-a dialectical combination of two or more distinctively different institutional logics (social logic and business logic) and governance structures (service-driven vs. profit-driven).


    Despite the growing utility and prevalence of hybrid organizations, in particular, the social entrepreneurial organizations, the organizing principles that select, discard, and hybridize institutional & organizational logics over time and context, and how the hybrid organization helps human beings to handle sustainability issues are little understood. It is imperative that these principles be identified as interrelated and interconnected that are common to hybrid organizational forms and fomented by complex environments readily applicable to governance practices trying to cope with the complexity of sustainability.


    The purpose of this Special Issue is to examine why and how hybrid organizations such as social entrepreneurial organizations could help human beings to address sustainability issues. We are open to exploratory studies, conceptual papers, and empirical studies around this theme. Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Guest Editor to discuss the potential submissions before May 30, 2020. The submission deadline is August 30, 2020.


    Manuscript Submission Information

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.



    Bing Ran, PhD

    Associate Professor of Public Administration

    School of Public Affairs

    Penn State Harrisburg

    777 W. Harrisburg Pike

    Middletown, PA  17057

    Phone: 717 948 6057

    Fax: 717 948 6320