Public‐Private Collaboration, Hybridity and Social Value: Towards New Theoretical Perspectives

30 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2017

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Date Written: September 2017


Focusing on the collaboration intersecting public, non‐profit and private spheres of economic activity, we analyse the conceptual forms of hybridity embedded in these novel inter‐organizational arrangements, and link them to different mechanisms of creating social value. We first disentangle alternative notions of hybrid arrangements in existing literature by proposing a conceptual typology on two theoretically complementary yet distinct dimensions: hybridity in governance and hybridity in organizational logics. We show how both forms of hybridity can jointly occur in complex public‐private and cross‐sector collaborations, and propose the notion of value as a crucial bridging point between these perspectives. Crucially, we develop a conceptual framework on key theoretical mechanisms leading to economic and social value in these inter‐organizational collaborations. Our work deepens the understanding of how diverse, hybrid forms of collaboration can create value and builds critical links between previously disparate streams of literature on public‐private interaction, cross‐sector collaboration and social enterprises.

Keywords: cross‐sector collaboration, hybrid arrangements, interorganizational governance, organizational design, public‐private partnerships, social value

Suggested Citation

Quélin, Bertrand V. and Kivleniece, Ilze and Lazzarini, Sérgio Giovanetti, Public‐Private Collaboration, Hybridity and Social Value: Towards New Theoretical Perspectives (September 2017). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 6, pp. 763-792, 2017, Available at SSRN: or

Bertrand V. Quélin (Contact Author)

HEC Paris ( email )

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Ilze Kivleniece

INSEAD ( email )

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Sérgio Giovanetti Lazzarini

Insper Institute of Education and Research ( email )

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