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Call for Papers! - Symposium: Making a Difference - Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good

Call for Abstracts and Posters 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions 24-25 May 2012, University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Cross sector partnerships is one of the most exciting areas to be engaged in for researchers as well as practitioners as partnerships that bridge different sectors (public, profit, non-profit) are thriving around the world. Austin (2000) labels these alliances as the collaborative paradigm of the 21st century. Cross sector social partnerships are employed as collaborative strategies to address social problems that tend to be complex (wicked), but also as strategies that enhance the effectiveness of organisational objectives. Most of these partnerships have evolved unplanned, while their impact has (yet) been only modestly researched. The latter is due to a lack of available resources, adequate research interest, and interdisciplinary collaborations that are required for assessing this by definition interdisciplinary area. There remain great analytical and methodological difficulties in assessing the impact and effectiveness of partnerships. As cross sector social interactions intensify, the need for impact assessment will increase rapidly. The 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI) takes stock of these issues and tries to stimulate scholars and practitioners to develop not only knowledge and concepts, but also tools and methods. Following the two previous successful symposia, the 3rd CSSI symposium is moving forward by taking the next challenge of partnership research: how to approach the ‘impact’ question. The potential value of partnerships in making a difference to society on one hand is not always realised but more importantly - if value is delivered - it is not monitored, evaluated or adequately reported. The symposium intends to bring together researchers as well as practitioners in a two days encounter in which not only invited speakers can present their latest research but also interactive sessions are organised in which scholars, practitioners and PhD students can meet.


  1. Theory: Building interdisciplinary theory on cross sector partnerships - do we need a new paradigm?
  2. Methods: Assessing the impact of partnerships: methodological issues 
  3. Skills: Managing the impact of partnerships: tool and skill development
  4. Fit: Aligning partnership with social problems: solution to what problems?
  5. Implementation:  How can the impact of collaborative arrangements be increased?


The symposium welcomes academic and practitioner research on the symposium topic in the form of abstracts and posters. The best papers will be candidates for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics and/or a book on the symposium’s topicMore information on the symposium, including registration is available, from the midst of June on:


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November 7, 2011

Submission abstracts (600-1,000 words)

Symposium Chair: Prof. Andrew Crane


Prof. Rob Van Tulder - Programme Chair 2012

Prof. Andrew Crane - Symposium Chair 2012

Dr. May Seitanidi - Symposium Co-ordinator

Dr. Carlos Rufin - Symposium Co-Chair 2014

Dr. Miguel Rivera - SymposiumCo-Chair 2014

January 1, 2012

Selection of papers and posters

May 3, 2012

Submission of full paper

May 24-25, 2012

Symposium in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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