New Research on Cross-Sector Collaboration: Annual Review of Social Partnerships

Blog_ARSP3The Annual Review of Social Partnerships’ recent issue includes research, interviews, and commentary on government, business, and non-profit sector collaboration. The ARSP is written by and for scholars and practitioners focusing on cross-sector social partnerships (CSPs) as the key to solving social problems such as climate change, economic inequality, poverty, biodiversity loss, and more. Features in this issue include:

  • A review of more than 120 publications on CSPs from 2017/2018, highlighting a growing scholarly focus on better understanding how CSPs and the involved organizations can contribute to grand challenges, such as those addressed by the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • A collection and discussion of pedagogical tools on dealing with assumptions in CSP pedagogy and practice. ARSP presents a portfolio of personal accounts and suggestions around dealing with assumptions, a related case study for teaching and practice, a practitioner interview, and a teaching innovation to uncover assumptions based on The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method.
  • A compilation of recent insights into CSP research, for example, with respect to meta-governance of CSPs and the challenges of a large collaborative research program on climate change, agriculture and food security. There are findings about Proudly Made in Africa and its partnerships from a research perspective, as well as about the role of academic research according to the Head of the Private Sector Team at Oxfam GB.
  • A thought piece by Prof. Pieter Glasbergen on partnerships as governance mechanisms for sustainable change.
  • Insights and community views into the challenges and opportunities of CSPs as an alternative to address human exploitation in businesses, including academic and practitioner interviews and a discussion of the role of big data in bringing actors together and causing new challenges.

Read the full ARSP issue here.

ASRP issues 7-13 are available here.