Marya Besharov

I am an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University. I study how organizations and their leaders sustain competing goals, focusing in particular on hybrid organizations such as social enterprises and mission-driven businesses that seek to address deeply rooted societal challenges while also making a financial profit. I received a BA in Social Studies, an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. I also hold an MBA from Stanford University.

Does the “social enterprise” model at nonprofits corrupt the mission of nonprofits?

As more nonprofits consider and implement additional revenue streams, one wonders whether this distracts or detracts from a nonprofit’s responsibility to promote social goods.