Project 9: Social Innovation through Cross-Sector Models of Collaboration

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 Project 9 

Social Innovation through Cross-Sector Models of Collaboration

Academic Partners
Pratima (Tima) Bansal, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
Oana Branzei, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
Marlene J. Le Ber, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
Community Partners
TBA
For further information about this project, contact Oana Branzei: obranzei@ivey.uwo.ca

Description

To address complex social problems (e.g. poverty, improved health, and environmental preservation), there is growing recognition that the ideas, resources, and capabilities of all sectors are needed. Cross-sector collaboration among business, the social economy, and government has thus become an important mechanism for social innovation. Novel solutions that are more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and that create value primarily for society as a whole rather than to private interests, is the goal of these cross-sector partnerships. Yet little attention, theoretically or empirically, has been paid to how this social value is created. We are thus interested in exploring 1) the strategic processes whereby cross-sector partnerships come to successfully co-develop services, technologies, and products; 2) how the resulting social value balances the tension of economic self-interest and societal wellbeing and 3) the role of the social economy in the business-government-society interface. A multifaceted understanding of how cross-sector partnerships develop new ways of addressing complex social issues is central to the deliberate management of strategic innovation processes for different types of organizations. This understanding also underpins the most effective use of the ideas, resources and capabilities of social economy organizations in addressing social issues.

Plans for communicating research results within the academic community

We intend to produce a minimum of one major paper within a top-tier refereed management journal. Additionally, we intend to present our findings at relevant conferences throughout the execution of our research design.

Plans for communicating research results outside the academic community

We aim to produce one practitioner oriented article in a management journal.