Hybrid accountabilities and managerial agency in the third sector

Schwabenland, Christina and Hirst, Alison (2020) Hybrid accountabilities and managerial agency in the third sector. Public Administration, 98 (2). pp. 325-339. ISSN 1467-9299

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12568


This paper investigates how the dynamics of conflicting accountabilities are managed within the context of the third sector; specifically in organizations providing services for people with learning difficulties. Multiple accountability relationships create organizational settings that are subject to multiple constraints and risks but also offer resources for agency. We analyse how managers take up agency to enable them to enact, resist or reconcile multiple accountabilities. Our study’s contribution lies in our elucidation of the far-reaching hybridity of the third sector and the complex forms of actorhood it cultivates, in which managers are able to handle resources with great dexterity, in pursuit of settlements which may only be contingent and temporary.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: hybridity, accountabilities, agency, ordinary life, third sector, services for people with learning difficulties
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
Depositing User: Dr Alison Hirst
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 14:39
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703773

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