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Social Innovation and Hybrid Organizations: Reframing Food Waste Recovery

Authors: Diana Watts*, Trinity University
Topics: Food Systems, Social Theory, Urban Geography
Keywords: social innovation, hybrid organizations, food waste, urban food systems
Session Type: Paper
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The focus of this research is to draw from the social innovation perspective (SI) to examine a specific type of social business, namely hybrid organizations. (Young Foundation, 2012) This type of organization seeks to address complex issues, such as that of food waste recovery through a combination of market viability and social objectives. Although often examined in terms of the incompatibility of their competing economic and social logic, a different question is the potential for robustness and creation of market inclusiveness that may stem from this institutional hybridity (Mongelli et al. 2017). Examples will be drawn from food waste recovery initiatives in the Baltimore/ DC area.

Mongelli, L., Rullani, F., Ramus, T. et al. (2019). The bright side of hybridity: Exploring how social enterprises manage and leverage their hybrid nature. Journal of Business Ethics (2019) 159: 301.

The Young Foundation. (2012). Social innovation overview: A deliverable of the project: “The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe (TEPSIE), European Commission – 7th Framework Programme, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research.

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