Hybrid Organizations

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Name and describe the organization.

I choose Hewlett-Packard Company as an example of a "Hybrid Organization".

Globally known as "HP", it was founded by Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in the year 1939. HP has its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

It ranks 11 in the list of Fortune 500 companies. It is one of the world's largest IT companies, with revenue of $126 billion for year 2010. HP as a brand builds a world that ranges from printing to software services to personal computing and providing IT infrastructure to create a seamless secure connected world. It serves more than 1 billion customers in more than 170 countries on the six continents. HP stands as a technology leader with its three business groups in the core technology areas: the Personal Systems Group, the Imaging and Printing Group and Enterprise Business. HP strives to touch consumer lives by focusing on areas such as Information explosion, Digital transformation and Environmental sustainability.

Describe what, in your view, makes this particular organization a hybrid organization?

The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation, popularly known as "The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation", is a nonprofit affiliated with Hewlett-Packard Co. makes HP an example of a Hybrid Organization. Some organizations combine a for-profit entity and a nonprofit entity into a hybrid structure. HP is one such hybrid organization that falls between a classical/hierarchical organization and a nonprofit institution. In this hybrid category, corporations that have charitable foundations or nonprofit institutions establish businesses that earn money to support the nonprofit part of the organization. Thus, a hybrid organization is a mix of the two counterparts. One that requires a market perspective (i.e. an organization works to make profit to function) with a social mission (works for the society and people). The role of HP as a...