Cross-sector partnerships are widely hailed as a critical means for addressing a wide array of social challenges such as climate change, poverty, education, corruption, and health. Amid all the positive rhetoric of cross-sector partnerships though, critical voices point to the limited success of various initiatives in delivering genuine social change and in providing for real citizen participation. This collection critically examines the motivations for, processes within, and expected and actual outcomes of cross-sector partnerships.
In opening up new theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives on cross-sector social interactions, this book reimagines partnerships in order to explore the potential to contribute to the social good. A multi-disciplinary perspective on partnerships adds serious value to the debate in a range of fields including management, politics, public management, sociology, development studies, and international relations. Contributors to the volume reflect many of these diverse perspectives, enabling the book to provide an account of partnerships that is theoretically rich and methodologically varied.
With critical contributions from leading academics such as Barbara Gray, Ans Kolk, John Selsky, and Sandra Waddock, this book is a comprehensive resource which will increase understanding of this vital issue.
Taken from the Foreword: 'The book provides a clear picture of where we stand now in terms of research and practice, but additionally it provides provoking visions of what could be…. The potential for co-creating social, environmental, and economic value has not yet been fully tapped. This book contributes importantly to the realization of that vital goal.'
James E. Austin, the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, USA
Re-Imagining Partnership for the Social Good is set to make a worthwhile contribution to the study and practice of social entrepreneurship as well as contemporary debates about the value of democratic organisation in the field of business. Its cross-sector focus will have particular appeal to students interested in alternative business models that challenge the hegemony of the state and corporations in social and economic development.
Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Business School, UK
This book comes at a critical time, as there is no more important mechanism for addressing global sustainability problems than constructive multi-sector relationships: we need to learn our way forward together. Social Partnerships for Responsible Business outlines the opportunities and challenges in working across sectors, and offers questions for reflection and dialogue to help us re-imagine possibilities. It is an invaluable resource for people from business, government, academia, and civil society - and since we are all of the above, that means everyone.
Barry Colbert, Associate Professor, Policy & Strategic Management, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
This comprehensive research handbook will become a standard work on cross-sector partnerships as a means for addressing social challenges. The handbook assembles perspectives from many of the leading scholars in this field.
Duane Windsor, Rice University, Texas, USA
Partnerships and collaboration are a too-often neglected aspect of impactful business-society interventions and programmes. This thoughtful and impressive collection provides a gateway to the latest cutting-edge research on cross-sector partnerships and promises to be a vital resource for scholars and engaged practitioners alike.
Stephen Brammer, Professor of Strategy, Birmingham Business School, UK
Collaboration is an important frontier for sustainability, as many issues are far greater than any single organization can solve. The range of contributors to this volume will make this an important resource for anyone wanting to embark on collaboration research or collaborative practices.
Dr. Tima Bansal, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada
1. Social Partnerships and Responsible Business: What, why, and how? (Andrew Crane and M. May Seitanidi) Part I: Partnership for the Social Good? Local, national and global perspectives 2. Partnerships as Panacea for Addressing Global Problems? On rationale, context, actors, impact and limitations (Ans Kolk) 3. International Business and Social Partnerships: How institutional and MNE capabilities affect collective-goods provisioning in emerging markets (Jonathan Doh and Jean Boddewyn) 4. Cross-Sector Social Partnership in Areas of Limited Statehood (Ralph Hamman) 5. Designing social partnerships for local sustainability strategy implementation (Amelia Clarke) Part II: Management and Governance Challenges 6. Creating Partnering Space: Exploring the right fit for sustainable development partnerships (Rob van Tulder and Stella Pfisterer) 7. Cross-Sector Governance: From institutions to partnerships, and back to institutions (Carlos Rufin and Miguel Rivera-Santos) 8.Evolution of an Alliance Portfolio to Develop an Inclusive Business (Jana Schmutzler, Roberto Gutierrez, Ezequiel Reficco and Patricia Marquez) Chapter 9: NGO-Initiated Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Partnerships: Greenpeace’s "Solutions" campaign for natural refrigerants in North America (Edwin Stafford and Cathy Hartman) 10. How Social Partnerships Build Brands (John Peloza and Christine Ye) 11. Conflict in Cross-Sectoral Partnerships (Barbara Gray and Jill Purdy) Part III: Reimagining Social Partnerships: Theory and methods 12. Theory-Method Interfaces in Cross-Sector Partnership Research (Oana Branzei and Marlene Jansen Le Ber)13. Using Futures Methods in Cross-Sector Partnership Projects: Engaging wicked problems responsibly (John Selsky, Angela Wilkinson and Diana Mangalagiu) 14.Responsibilization and Governmentality in Brand-Led Social Partnerships (Sonia Bookman and Cheryl Martens)15. An Institutional Perspective on Cross-Sector Partnerships (Clodia Vurri and Tina Dacin) 16. Towards a New Theory of the Firm: The collaborative enterprise (Antonio Tencati and Laszlo Zsolnai) Part IV: Reimagining Social Partnerships: Perspectives on practice 17. Cross-Sector/Cross-Boundary Collaboration: Making a difference through practice (Sandra Waddock) 18. The Need for a New Approach to Sustainability (Hadley Archer and Paul Uys) 19. How to Co-Create Opportunities Together: CREAMOS in Guatemala (Barbara Nijhuis) 20. Cross Sector Collaborations: Challenges in aligning perspectives in partnership committees and co-developing funding proposals (Sarah Winchester) 21. The Role Partnership Brokers Play in Creating Effective Social Partnerships(Surinder Hundal) 22. Social Partnerships: A new social contract to deliver value-focused collaboration (Lucian J. Hudson) 23. Social Partnerships’ Development Challenge: Comprehensive self-development (Steve Waddell) 24. Cross-Sector Partnerships: Prototyping 21st century governance (Simon Zadek) 25. Conclusion: Re-imagining the future of social partnerships and responsible business (M. May Seitanidi and Andrew Crane)