Spring 2014 – Digital Issue

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Hybrids, Hybridity & Hype

Spring 2014: Volume 21, Issue 1


  • Welcome

  • The Nonprofit Ethicist
    Unfair wages? Donors gone wild? Illegal practices? The Ethicist weighs in. by Woods Bowman

  • Hybrids, Hybridity, and Hype
    The new nonprofit-business hybrids that have been cropping up lately assert that they are a distinct form. But are they? by Ruth McCambridge

  • Hybrids and Competing Logics: Observant Dispassion Is Called For
    In this article, the authors propose a useful framework for assessing hybridization in the sector: institutional logics. by Fredrik O. Andersson and Brent Never

  • All Enterprise Is Social: Measuring the Impact of Endeavors across the Profit Boundary
    There is exciting, innovative activity at the intersection of investment and philanthropy, but, the author maintains, the innovations are constrained by oldfashioned thinking. by Buzz Schmidt

  • Corbin Hill Road Farm Share: A Hybrid Food Value Chain in Practice
    This article describes how nonprofit partners transformed a simple food supply chain into a hybrid food value chain. by Nevin Cohen, PhD, and Dennis Derryck, PhD

  • Fifty Shades of Accountability: Governmental-Nongovernmental Hybrids
    What happens to accountability when you begin to create hybrids by sector? by Rae André, PhD

  • Disruptive Hybridity: The New Generation of Political Advocacy Groups
    This article looks at the Internet’s effect on American political organizations and outlines how changes in information technology have transformed their “organizational layer.” by David Karpf, PhD

  • From “Building the Actions” to “Being in the Moment”: Older and Newer Media Logics in Political Advocacy
    Here, the author explains that a hybrid media system is replacing the media logics of the past, and uses the U.K. citizens’ movement 38 Degrees to illustrate. by Andrew Chadwick, PhD

  • Social Responsibility or Marketing Ploy? The Branding of L3Cs
    What exactly are L3Cs, how are they currently operating, and what potential problems do they pose for the nonprofit sector? by Rick Cohen

  • Celebrating “Small Batch” Social Enterprise
    This article compares two different stories of social enterprise— the heroic and the “small batch”—and outlines the different values that they represent. by Brian Cognato

  • Hybridity and Nonprofit Organizations: Next Questions
    The development of hybrid nonprofits poses new challenges for organizations, but relatively scant research has been devoted to analyzing the implications or developing strategies for management. by Steven Rathgeb Smith, PhD, and Chris Skelcher, PhD


  • Dr. Conflict
    Whether buried conflicts in the workplace or a pathological executive director, no problem is too difficult for the good doctor. by Mark Light, MBA, PhD

  • The Tyranny of Success: Nonprofits and Metrics
    In this article, the director of the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at the Hudson Institute raises questions about how an obsessive focus on outcomes and insistence on proof of “success” threaten to gut the work of the sector. by William Schambra

  • Boards as Bridges
    Are there revenue streams around your organization that are untapped? And is your board well enough structured to bridge a relationship? by Brent Never

  • Thoughts on the Relevance of Nonprofit Management Curricula
    How has nonprofit management curricula evolved, and are they meeting the demands of today’s leadership challenges? by Judith L. Millesen, PhD