Implementing democratic governance and ownership: the interplay of structure and culture in public service social enterprises

Sepulveda, Leandro ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1863-010X, Lyon, Fergus ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6275-4102 and Vickers, Ian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5863-969X (2020) Implementing democratic governance and ownership: the interplay of structure and culture in public service social enterprises. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 31 (3) . pp. 627-641. ISSN 0957-8765 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s11266-020-00201-0)

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Abstract

We examine the implementation of governance arrangements to extend ownership and control to employees and community stakeholders in social enterprises. Evidence from a sample of newly created public service social enterprises in England shows how the realisation of democratic ideals involves a gradual and often challenging process. Different outcomes are explained in terms of an interplay between the legal forms and representational mechanisms adopted and the enabling role of organisational culture. The paper contributes an analytic framework that captures the range of possible outcomes in terms of stakeholder versus stewardship forms of representation, and the cultural-psychological dimension of ownership. Organisations may find themselves at different stages in the journey towards the realisation of democratic ownership and governance. Conclusions are drawn for the field of social enterprise and non-profit research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Social enterprise; governance; democratic ownership; multi-stakeholder; public service mutuals
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 28940
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-020-00201-0
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Depositing User: Pamela Macaulay
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 23:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28940

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