How is consulting for organizations within social economy characterized and how are the relations of the consultancies constituted?

Christian Maints Hansen & Marie Luskova

Studenteropgave: Masterafhandling


This research paper will place an emphasis on a phenomenon situated within the cross-sectoral area of social economy that has not been studied in depth by academia.

The most elementary role of social economy is removing sectorial barriers between private, public and third sector through hybridized organizational models and combining the best-practices from these sectors. However, the hybrid organizations tend to suffer from a lack of knowledge in for-profit best-practices, which hinder their sustainability. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to analyze the phenomenon of consulting for organizations within social economy as a possible initiative that can contribute to closing this gap and strengthening the role of these organizations on the market.

The methods of interview and literature review were applied to this qualitative case study and analytical themes of social economy, emotional ownership and knowledge sharing were formulated from five conducted interviews. These themes were further analyzed and critically challenged in an interrelating discussion between empirical data and theoretical considerations.

It was discovered that the clients of these consultancies were eager to enhance their knowledge in the business practices and they perceived consulting a contributing initiative. However, despite this demand for tailored consulting, the clients undervalued the impact of evaluation to these services. It was further discovered that the behavior in the consultancies’ relations was influenced by their different business models. Additionally, certain imbalanced power relations were identified in processes of knowledge sharing between the consultancies and their clients and limited knowledge sharing across the sectors was found to be a potential reason for the remaining knowledge gap of the best-practices.

The main findings suggested the importance of developing a uniform methodology to measure social impact and of fostering a development of businesses that will aim to solve social challenges through commercial activities. In our opinion, additional research could be concentrated on an understanding of power relations encompassed in the studied phenomenon and on collecting in-depth data regarding methods applied by the organizations for measuring the impact of consulting.

UddannelserSocialt Entreprenørskab og Management, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2018
Antal sider85
VejledereVilly Rasmussen