Monday 4 February. 6-8pm. Hybrid Organisations Past and Present Talk by Colin Rochester, University of Kent, on Voluntary Action History Seminar at Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre, 2 Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1DF
It has become normal to distinguish between different kinds of organisations according to which of the three sectors’ – public, private or voluntary – they form part of. Public or statutory sector organisations have come into being to meet the needs of the electorate; are owned by voters or their representatives; and staffed by paid public servants in a bureaucratically organised agency. Private or for-profit bodies have been created to meet the need to make profits; are owned by shareholders; and are staffed by paid employees in a managerially controlled firm. And voluntary sector organisations have been created by those who chose to develop them to pursue a mission; are owned by their members; and staffed by volunteers and paid staff. This tidy allocation of organisational types has been challenged over recent years by the growth of academic interest in hybrid organisations which combine the principles of more than one sector. Colin will argue that this scholarly attention is as much to do with the ability of theory to catch up with practice as it is to highlight new kinds of organisational arrangements. It will concentrate on the development of hybrid organisations that have their roots in the voluntary sector and try to show how theories of hybridity help to explain some of the characteristic challenges of managing voluntary agencies.
Colin has recently co-edited with David Billis the forthcoming Handbook of Hybrid Organisations to be published by Edward Elgar later this year.
Wednesday 6 March. 10.30am-7.30pm. Voluntary organisations’ archives and records: Why do they matter’ Conference
Debate on archive issues: