Panel title: Cross-Sector Collaboration for Social Welfare Through a Communicative Lens: Opportunities and Challenges

Co-chairs: Christa Thomsen (contact chair:, Wim J.L. Elving, Urša Golob, Anne Ellerup Nielsen, and Klement Podnar.

Short description: The purpose of this panel is to investigate Cross-Sector Social Interactions through a communicative lens. The focus is on how different communicative and discursive framings and forms play an intermediate role of balancing different interests and achieving shared understandings regarding social responsibility and/or business in society.

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Panel title: Collaborative Business Models for a Circular Economy

Co-Chairs: Deborah de Lange, Ryerson University ( and Rumina Dhalla, University of Guelph (

Short description: This panel seeks to attract research papers exploring conceptual, theoretical and practical aspects of collaborative sustainable business models that build an inclusive and robust circular economy. The set of panel papers will represent an exploration focusing on building and strengthening the circular economy through cross-sector partnerships so as to arrive at outcomes beneficial for both business and society, especially in respect of mitigating climate change.

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Panel title: Cross-Sector Partnering and Inclusive Development

Panel chairs: Sietze Vellema (contact co-chair: and Greetje Schouten.

Short description: This panel addresses the capacities of cross-sector partnerships to influence the terms on which actors are included in cross-sector partnerships. An important sub-set of cross-sector partnerships intend to contribute to processes of inclusive development, for example by connecting smallholder farmers, companies and local governments to enhance food security. However, the additionality of partnerships to inclusive development is at best unclear. The panel will discuss the partnership capacities needed for shaping and modifying the terms of inclusion of marginalised groups. Moreover, the panel will address different approaches for aligning the interests of marginalised groups with those of the dominant partners.

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Panel title: Interactions between Global and Local Collaborative Governance Arrangements

Co-chairs: Greetje Schouten, Erasmus University (contact chair: and Verena Bitzer, Maastricht University and Royal Tropical Institute (KIT),

Panel description: Many multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are confronted with the proliferation of ‘challenger’ or ‘rival’ initiatives, e.g. within the forestry, coffee, cocoa, textile and IT-electronics sectors. Thus far, however, research has focused on challenger initiatives that have a similar global character and global ambitions as the incumbent MSPs. More recently, however, new initiatives with an explicit local character have emerged which present themselves as a rejection of and an alternative to the global character of many MSPs. The panel will assess and discuss the multiplicity of collaborative governance arrangements, now also at a global-local dimension, and the consequences for theory and practice.

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Panel title: Exploring the Formal and Informal Governance Arrangements for Cross-Sector Partnerships

Panel chairs: James Wallace (contact co-chair: ), Nelarine Cornelius, Christiana Weber, and Eric Pezet.

Panel description: The objective of this panel is to explore formal and informal governance arrangements for cross-sector partnerships that lead to social value creation, the associated costs, the relationships between these, the resulting social value created and the additional value created. Of particular interest is the interaction between formal and informal governance arrangements within such cross-sector partnerships, and their consequences.

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Panel title: Partnering for the SDGs – ‘Business as Usual’ or a New Way of Governing for the State?

Co-chairs: Stella Pfisterer (contact chair:, Mahesti Okitasari, Bharat Dahiya.

Short description: This panel aims to provide new insights on how governments deal with the challenges and tensions they face as enabler, convener and provider of public goods when partnering with non-state actors towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This panel will deepen the understanding of how new international governance trends and requirements change the way governments actually collaborate with non-state actors.

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Panel title: Promoting Effective Partnering for the SDGs

Panel Chair: Rob van Tulder (

Panel description: The panel aims to enhance the effectiveness of partnering through more focused research and the development of more effective rules of engagement. The panel looks at the experience of one international platform around partnerships, the Promoting Effective Partnerships (PEP) that was initatied in December 2016 in Nairobi, as part of the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). Five partnering organizations collaborated to create this platform: The Partnering Initiative (TPI), the Partnering Brokers Association (PBA), Partnering in Practice (PiP), Collective leadership Institute (CLI) and Partnerships Resource Centre.

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Panel title: Cross Sector-Partnerships and Culture Led Regeneration in Cities of Culture

Panel chairs: Annmarie Ryan (contact co-chair:, Maria Kapsali, Mervi Luonila, and Catherine Morel

Panel description: This panel is concerned with the impacts of yearlong public cultural programmes (PCPs) and the role of cross-sector partnering. PCPs are thought to play a significant role in the sustainable economic and social development of cities and regions. Indeed, an approach of culture-led regeneration is increasingly adopted by European cities. Topics to be addressed include for instance, the nature and role of cross-sector partnerships in culture led regeneration agendas, and the relational practices that influence, affect or cause partnerships to develop within the creative sector between art/creatives and sponsors of different types.

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Please note that you must register for workshop in advance by contacting

Session Leader: James E. Austin, Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, served as the chair of the HBS Faculty Teaching Seminar and has published over 200 cases and teaching notes.

Objectives: Identify key elements of excellent teaching cases and their notes and deepen our understanding of the processes for developing t and teaching them.

Materials and Preparation: Identify key elements of excellent teaching cases and their notes and deepen our understanding of the processes for developing t and teaching them.

  1. Key Elements in Classroom Cases and Teaching Notes
  2. Case Study: Wilderness Safaris: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship

These materials will be sent to those colleagues who sign up for the Workshop in advance by contacting Professor Austin (

Session Format: 90” duration, discussion drawing on documents and participants’ experiences and questions.

So that we can make optimum use of our time discussing the above publications, exchanging perspectives, and sharing experiences, please read carefully the two documents. Like any case study class session, the quality of the discussion depends fundamentally on the thoroughness of the participants’ preparation.