Dr Jeffrey York, University of Colorado

The study of hybrid organisations, which combine previously incompatible logics within a firm, has emerged as an area of interest for scholars interested in how new (de novo) organisations can address social and environmental problems in an economically sustainable manner. However, the survival of such ventures has not yet been systematically examined. This study examines the impact of sector density, competition from diversifying de alio firms, and regional institutional logics – regionally bound, socially constructed meaning systems that legitimise specific practices and goals – on the persistence of hybrid ventures. Drawing on a unique, multi-year panel of entrants into the green building supply industry, the results show regional economising and ecologising institutional logics moderate: a) the impacts of sector legitimation and competition effects, and b) the ability of de novo hybrid entrants to compete against diversifying incumbents. Research finds that ecologising logics intensify legitimation and dampen competition effects, while economising logics have the opposite influence. Consistent with prior studies, hybrid ventures in this context are largely outlasted by diversifying incumbents. However, in regions with complex institutional logics, that is where both economising and ecologising logics are present, the study observes that hybrid entrants can achieve competitive parity with incumbents. The study integrates research on population ecology, institutional logics, and is one of the first to examine the strategic consequences of new venture hybridity.

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Dr Jeffrey York is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Research Director for the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and Shane Faculty Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Dr York’s teaching and research are focused on how and why entrepreneurs create new products, services, and industries that reduce environmental degradation. He teaches classes in business planning, entrepreneurial thinking, and environmental ventures at the undergraduate, MBA and PhD levels. Dr York has published research in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves as a Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing and on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

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Room W4.03 (Cambridge Judge Business School)
Trumpington St
Cambridge
CB2 1AG

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Date: 9 October 2018
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 13:30

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Trumpington St
Cambridge
CB2 1AG

Event timings

Date: 9 October 2018
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 13:30