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CSI Swinburne Research Seminar

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Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Venue: AMDC206, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

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We invite you to join us for a research seminar by Professor Jo Barraket, Director of the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne.

Betwixt & Between: Examining Liminal Experiences of Social Enterprise


A good deal has been made in the social entrepreneurship literature of the hybrid nature of social enterprises. Yet, relatively little attention has been paid to how social enterprises navigate the related state of liminality; that is, of transition or being ‘betwixt and between’. While much of the literature on social enterprise and hybridity emphasises the tensions of managing competing institutional logics, the notion of liminality is connected with moments of symbolic renewal, when a group or society gives expression to its collective identity. This paper examines social enterprise founders’ and managers’ experiences of liminality and how they use and navigate it. Based on thematic analysis of 13 focus groups conducted in six states of Australia with 75 participants, the paper outlines the nature and types of liminal experience identified by participants. It finds that liminal experiences are presented both as navigations of tension and as exemplars of collective identity formation within and beyond organisations. The implications of these findings for theorising multi-logic organisational environments, and for social enterprise practice are then considered.

About the speaker

Professor Jo Barraket is a leading researcher in social enterprise and social innovation in Australia. Her work spans questions of public policy, organisational hybridity and social change. Jo is known for her work in mapping the social enterprise field in Australia and has been an international advisor to the OECD on the role of the social economy in social innovation.

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Email: Tel: (03) 9214 3757