Democratic challenges in a growing social enterprise

Emil Bergmann, Mikkel Munksgaard Andersen & Beáta Kovács

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This paper aims to understand, how the organization INSP! Sound can be considered a hybrid social enterprise and how the organization's current growth challenges their democratic structure. Through the EMES approach it is possible to understand INSP! Sound as a social enterprise, because of their combination of social, economic and governance dimensions. Furthermore, the organization can be defined as a distinctive volunteer-based hybrid enterprise. Through Chris Cornforth’s theorization of worker cooperatives, combined with Robert Michels’ thesis ‘The iron law of oligarchy’, it has been possible to understand, that INSP! Sound’s current growth in volunteers and production proposes the following challenges for their democratic structure: 1) it puts pressure on the organization's current informal participatory democratic structure, 2) the professionalization may compromise both their social goals and governance structure and 3) it may strengthen the already existing informal hierarchy into and oligarchic-like structure. Furthermore, the paper also concludes, that a potential formalization could create new tensions related to the democracy. The empirical evidence, used in the project, has been collected through five individual interviews with current volunteers, supplemented by economic data regarding INSP! Sound’s sales as well as minor observations of communication in their Facebook-group.

UddannelserSocialt Entreprenørskab og Management, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider52
VejledereRoger Spear