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Why we need Phenomenon-Based Research in International Business

Jonathan Doh's take away from his Keynote address at Academy of International Business -NE on Friday on "Why we need Phenomenon-Based Research in International Business":

"Because academic research has become too esoteric and global challenges - climate, conflict, refugees - all involve international business as part of the problem and solutions. IB scholars need lean in and do their part!"

Jonathan Doh is the CSSI 2016 Toronto Doctoral Consortium Co-chair. Register for CSSI 2016 to ask Jonathan your questions about this and everything related to Cross-Sector Social Interactions. Things might get really interesting as his co-chair has argued at CSSI 2014 Boston that we need to move away from phenomenon-based research. Read the arguments of Oana Branzei in chapter 12 with Marlene Janzen Le Ber in 'Social Partnerships and Responsible Business. A Research Handbook' (Routledge 2014) and get ready to enter the debate. Where do I stand in the debate? Read 2014 ARSP, Editorial. 

Download the ARSP on open access (free account creation with Greenleaf required) from: 

Join the CSSI Community to enter this and many other important debates on how cross-sector social interactions have or have not been or how they might become the answer to social issues.

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TPI leader recognised in 2015 Social Partnerships Honours

Darian ARSP nomination

Darian Stibbe, TPI’s Executive Director, has been honoured by the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) as a ‘Thexis Leader’ who has “inspired the international community through their cross-sector research and practice” The ARSP journal, dedicated to the theory and practice of collaboration as key to solving social problems, has marked its 10th year with a special celebratory issue announcing the ARSP International Thought, Practice & Thexis Honours List.

Practitioners from 13 countries participated by voting for the thought and practice leaders, from various sectors, who had inspired their research or practice through frameworks, key concepts or innovative practice in their own work.

ARSP honours listStibbe was recognized for his inspirational work as a ‘Thexis Leader’. A combination of ‘theory’ and ‘praxis’, ‘thexis’ refers to “the ability of people to move to an evolved understanding in any field by merging theoretical and practical insights, theories and experiences”. One nomination referred to Stibbe as ‘a bit like the partnering Oracle, offering a wealth of practical delivery experience and an amazing ability to generate knowledge capital that quickly becomes international best practice.’ Another stated that “Darian is steeped in partnership theory and practice. His depth of knowledge inspires you to go beyond what you thought possible”.

Stibbe joins a number of others in the list of honoured Thexis Leaders including Jane Nelson, Gib Bulloch, Ros Tennyson and Klaus Schwab.
“I am priviliged and delighted to join such an amazing group of partnership luminaries honoured by the ARSP as Thexis Leaders”, commented Stibbe. “Of course, in reality it is very much a team effort and it is both inspiring and an enormous pleasure to work with a group of brilliant people at The Partnering Initiative.”

The ARSP International Thought, Practice & Thexis Honors were developed to raise cross-sector awareness, encourage deeper appreciation of past initiatives, and stimulate further interactions among practice and research in Cross Sector Social Partners.
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SMU is recruiting for two faculty positions in the School of Social Sciences

Singapore Management University (SMU) is recruiting for two faculty positions in the School of Social Sciences, both of which may be of interest to scholars of cross-sector interactions.

One is a public policy position, which is explicitly targeted at academics who research and teach about the roles of non-state actors. The other is a broad international political economy role. Details available at http://socsc.smu.edu.sg/socsc/faculty-recruitment - please note the closing date of 20 October.

SMU runs what we believe is the world's only master's degree program dedicated to providing rigorous training for practitioners, the Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (www.smu.edu.sg/mtsc), and is looking to complement the faculty for this program and associated research.

Article By Ann Florini
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10th celebratory issue of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships

We are delighted to announce the 10th celebratory issue of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) that provides annually the one-stop shop of high quality curated content in cross-sector collaboration research and practice from around the world.

In over 100 pages this issue covers:
* State of the art review of 100+ new publications on cross-sector partnerships
* New tools for designing highly interactive cross-sector collaboration teaching
* Academic and practitioner insights through interviews and original contributions
* News from the cross-sector collaboration community
* Celebratory section on ARSP volunteering, readership and cross-sector inspiration 

The ARSP is an open access journal and now available through Greenleaf Publishing from:

The publication is circulated every year to over 50,000 direct recipients, distributed by Ingenta Connect to 1.4 million individual users around the world and by leading universities and institutions for the benefit of all of their stakeholders.

The aim of the ARSP is to bring together research and practice in the field of cross-sector collaboration, to communicate high quality collaboration research findings to large audiences around the world, to share best partnership practices, while nurturing the new generation of practice oriented scholars and research informed practitioners in this field.


For submissions of your latest and forthcoming publications (books, book chapters, reports and thesis), teaching innovations, research projects and practice breakthroughs and your collaboration news please contact the relevant ARSP Section Editor by visiting:


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Celebrate & Nominate for the ARSP International Thought & Practice Leader Awards!

You are invited to celebrate with the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) by nominating your top thought and/or practice leaders who have provided inspiration for your cross-sector research and/or practice. We wish to acknowledge the work of pioneers who developed collaborations between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in order to provide innovative solutions to pressing social problems and/or influenced the collaboration practice with landmark frameworks and insights. The nominations will be presented in the 10th anniversary issue of the ARSP.

We look forward to your nominations - completing the survey will only take about 4 minutes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GSBQVQC

Do you know any practitioner or scholar colleagues who would like to add their nominations? Please forward this email and help us make the nominations as wide and diverse as possible.

The poll will be closed on June 19th.

Let's Celebrate & Nominate!

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Happy New Year!

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

For all those interested in societal issues, highly related to social partnerships, here is the link to register to a GlobeScan webinar on the State of the World in 2015 including on issues of stakeholder engagement. I have previously attended such Globescan webinars and found them very insightful.

You might like to also have a look at Globescan's page on engagement http://www.globescan.com/…/globescan-radar-sector-intellige… (one of the participants of the webinar is Caroline Holme, an expert in stakeholder engagement) as well as their sector intelligence on CSR reputation per industry, which may find of interest: http://www.globescan.com/…/globescan-radar-sector-intellige… for your cross-sector collaboration research or practice.

Feel free to circulate invitations/conferences/publications in the group as long as they are relevant to cross-sector collaboration. It would be very helpful if the information is not explicitly relevant to write a couple of sentences explaining why you are circulating the email in this specialised group.

Thank you in advance for your 2015 contributions to the CSSI group.

With best wishes,
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