Governance in social enterprises


Julie Rijpens, Benjamin Huybrechts, Sybille Mertens


The challenges that social enterprises are facing (growth, competition, contracting, etc.) and the very characteristics of these enterprises call for adapted models of governance. Several researchers examine the governance of social enterprises, focusing on multi-stakeholder governance schemes and the interactions between organizational governance and the environment, in different sectors, including fair trade and work integration social enterprises. Moreover, social enterprise governance is one of the work packages of the IAP-SOCENT project and is the focus of a course in the Master and Executive Education programs in social enterprise management.

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