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Ending business-non-profit partnerships: The spinout of social enterprises

Rama Murthy, S; Roll, K; Colin-Jones, A; (2021) Ending business-non-profit partnerships: The spinout of social enterprises. Scandinavian Journal of Management , 37 (1) , Article 101136. 10.1016/j.scaman.2020.101136.

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Abstract

Business-non-profit partnerships are expected to create sustained impact, yet they often remain temporary or episodic. By using relationship ending theory and drawing on partnership types from Austin and Seitanidi (2012a), we explore the termination of business-non-profit partnerships and connect how partnerships end to their potential long-term impact. Specifically, we ask: How and why do business-non-profit partnerships end? And, what is the relationship between partnership type and partnership endings? Through interviews and focus groups, we identify two partnership endings: ‘exit’ and ‘spinout.’ The former is the expected severance of ties due to dissatisfaction or the accomplishment of an intended outcome. The latter is more intriguing. As illustrated through two case examples, successful partnerships can create financially self-sustaining social enterprises that continue tackling the chosen problems independently. We argue that spinning out a social enterprise offers a pragmatic pathway that precludes deeper integration between partners – contrary to what is often proposed in the partnership literature – and is best understood as a relationship ending process.

Type: Article
Title: Ending business-non-profit partnerships: The spinout of social enterprises
DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2020.101136
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2020.101136
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Cross-sector partnership, Social enterprise spinoff, Partnership termination, Partnership exit strategy, Relationship ending process
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121522
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