Inclusive Governance in Social Enterprises in the Netherlands – A Case Study

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Aalt Colenbrander

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students

Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students; Nyenrode Business University

Tineke Lambooy

Utrecht University School of Law

Rob Blomme

Nyenrode Business University; Humanistic Management Network

Date Written: December 2017

Abstract

An element that policymakers and academics often believe to be constitutive in the governance of a social enterprise is the use of inclusive and responsible decision‐making processes. This entails the involvement of various categories of stakeholders. In this paper, a case study is used to explore how a work integration social enterprise based in the Netherlands, AutiTalent BV, has organized its governance. The Netherlands has not developed legislation specifically dealing with social enterprises, in contrast to many other EU Member States (16 out of 28), and it does not require, although it allows for, the establishment of inclusive governance. By examining how (national Dutch) law affects the governance of a work‐integration‐oriented social enterprise, the authors aim to contribute to emerging theory on participatory and inclusive governance of social enterprises – as a legal concept but also as an organizational concept – shaped by (tailor‐made and/or ordinary) law. The case study reveals that the investigated work integration social enterprise has not set up formal inclusive governance, suggesting that a social enterprise may not be stimulated by legislation which allows but not requires the participation of stakeholders in decision making. At the same time, informal direct communication channels exist between the people who influence the decision‐making processes and people from various stakeholder categories.

Keywords: Social enterprises, stakeholders, inclusive governance, corporate law, the Netherlands, AutiTalent

JEL Classification: K29

Suggested Citation

Colenbrander, Aalt and Argyrou, Aikaterini and Lambooy, Tineke and Blomme, Robert J., Inclusive Governance in Social Enterprises in the Netherlands – A Case Study (December 2017). Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 88, Issue 4, pp. 543-566, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3067096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apce.12176

Aalt Colenbrander (Contact Author)

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

Straatweg 25
P.O. Box 130
Breukelen, 3620 AC
Netherlands

Tineke Lambooy

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Robert J. Blomme

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

Straatweg 25
P.O. Box 130
Breukelen, 3620 AC
Netherlands

Humanistic Management Network

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