Journal of Business Ethics 136 (3):451-469 (2016)

Authors
Chris Mason
De Montfort University
Abstract
This paper explores how fair trade social enterprises manage paradoxes in stakeholder-oriented governance models. We use narrative accounts from board members, at governance events and board documents to report an exploratory study of paradoxes in three FTSEs which are partly farmer-owned. Having synthesized the key social enterprise governance literature and framed it alongside the broader paradox theory, we used narratives to explore how tensions are articulated, how they can be applied within an adapted paradox framework, and how governance actors seek to mitigate paradoxes. The paper contributes to current debates in social enterprise scholarship concerning hybridity :455–476, 2010; in Institutional logics in action, Part B, 2012), hybrid organizing :397–441, 2014) and operational tensions :407–442, 2013) by illustrating empirically how the central social/enterprise paradox manifests in FTSEs governance arrangements. We build on the paradox categories proposed by Lüscher and Lewis :221–240, 2008) and adapted in Smith et al. :407–442, 2013) by developing a recursive model of legitimacy-seeking governance processes, conceptualizing how boards seek to mitigate, but not necessarily resolve, paradoxes.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-014-2511-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,388
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Positive Theory of Social Entrepreneurship.Filipe M. Santos - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 111 (3):335-351.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 10 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The University and the Moral Imperative of Fair Trade Coffee.Gavin Fridell - 2004 - Journal of Academic Ethics 2 (1):141-159.
Fair Trade in Mexico and Abroad: An Alternative to the Walmartopia?Jesús Alvarado - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S2):301 - 317.
Fair Trade’s Sustainability: A Case Study of Coffee Producers in Chiapas Mexico.Sarah A. Bigney, Mark Haggerty & Stephanie A. Welcomer - 2010 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 21:158-162.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-09-03

Total views
20 ( #534,614 of 2,445,510 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #310,857 of 2,445,510 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes