A Fair Trade-off? Paradoxes in the Governance of Fair-trade Social Enterprises

  title={A Fair Trade-off? Paradoxes in the Governance of Fair-trade Social Enterprises},
  author={Chris Mason and Bob Doherty},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
This paper explores how fair trade social enterprises (FTSEs) manage paradoxes in stakeholder-oriented governance models. We use narrative accounts from board members, at governance events and board documents to report an exploratory study of paradoxes in three FTSEs which are partly farmer-owned. Having synthesized the key social enterprise governance literature and framed it alongside the broader paradox theory, we used narratives to explore how tensions are articulated, how they can be… 

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