Hybrid organizations: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature

  •  Silvana Secinaro    
  •  Luigi Corvo    
  •  Valerio Brescia    
  •  Daniel Iannaci    


The purpose of this paper is to systematically review literature concerning hybrid structures, that is, structures that are used to implement various forms of management. More specifically, the authors aim to answer two questions: can the evolution of hybrid organizations be analyzed and mapped, and if so, what are the factors that govern their development?

The document is based on a systematic review approach of Little et al. (2009), which aims to make the selection of literature and the review process transparent and replicable following steps, eliminating the problem of prejudice to ensure objectivity of the research and credibility in the results as demonstrated by Rosenthal (1979) and Cooper (2003).

What emerges from the literature of hybrid organizations seen from the point of view of NPM, the concept of Paradox, PPPs and Hybrid Impact is very interesting because by tidying up the concepts that various scholars have found it is possible to define what have been the factors that influenced the evolution of hybrid organizations giving a historical definition and helping to understand the roots of the concept and specifically where these new entities will generate impact. Several documents have analyzed the contribution of these approaches to the improvement of Management, Decision-Making, Identity Work, Governance, Hybrid Laws, Microfinance Institutions MFIs and Corporatizing.

Through this research the authors hope to contribute to the academic and professional community by summarizing the known literature and suggesting paths for further research precisely because it is necessary the cooperation.

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