Researchers' Seminar: International Business and Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Develoment
Prof. Rob van Tulder, Academic Director Partnerships Resource Centre, Professor International Business and Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Stella Pfisterer,Research Associate, Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
- Prof. Asoc. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez,Head of Department International Business, Universidad EAFIT
- Manuel Esteban Acevedo,Director Universidad EAFIT Bogota
- Dr. Santiago Gutierrez Viana, Director Revista Dinero.com.
Date: Wednesday July 13, 2011; 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Universidad EAFIT, Campus Bogota. Carrera. 16 No. 93-46
The seminar is jointly organized by the University EAFIT and the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC).
In the past sixty years thinking about (sustainable) development has been prone to some intense intellectual and
practical turmoil. Especially in the first forty years, thereby, markets and firms were seen rather as part of the development problem than as part of its solution. Since the start of the 21st century however, awareness has grown that the complexity of the world’s sustainability and development problems, asks for joint approaches.
Increasingly, partnerships between firms, governmental institutions and civil society organizations are formed to tackle issues which cannot be solved by one organization alone. Cross-sector partnerships are said to provide effective and innovative solutions to problems through pooling of resources; generating knowledge and capacity development. The widely held expectation is that cross-sector partnerships provide both organizational benefits to their member organizations and create synergy to achieve effective outcomes for society. In a recent evaluation study with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the PrC hasgenerated lessons on the effectiveness of business-led partnerships in Colombia in order to understand the drivers of partnership success especially in a conflict-ridden environment. These findings provide insights for academic research on the effectiveness of cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development.
The joint researchers’ seminar will address the following topics:
- Insights into research on cross-sector partnerships: partnership portfolio management.
- Inclusive business models: can multinational enterprises contribute to poverty alleviation?
- Colombian researchers’ agenda on international business and cross-sector partnerships
- Discussion: how to cooperate and proceed in scientific research on international business and cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development
Prof. Rob van Tulder,Academic Director Partnerships Resource Centre, Professor International Business and Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Rob van Tulder is Professor of International Business- Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Prof. Van Tulder received numerous awards for his intellectual and societal contributions. He published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/ Union policies. He acted as consultant for various international organizations, ministries and companies. He is co-founder of the Department of Business-Society Management that is leading in the world on sustainability issues with a sizable staff and a successful master program in the area. He is academic director of the Partnerships Resource Centre and founder of Scope, the expert centre of Erasmus University in International Business and Sustainable Development. Since 1996, the Scope centre together with UNCTAD compiles the well- published lists of the largest Transnational Corporations in the world from developed and developing countries. This is annually published in the World Investment Report. Prof. Van Tulder taught executive courses on International Strategic Management with (executive) managers and academics and has been visiting professor at several international universities. His latest books include 'international business-society management: linking corporate responsibilities and globalization' and 'skill sheets: an integrated approach to research, study and management'.
Stella Pfisterer, Research Associate, Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Stella is Research Associate at the Partnership Resource Centre and her research focuses on governance and management of cross-sector partnerships in countries in transition. Her areas of expertise include: development policy analysis; governance arrangements; inter-organisational networks and institutional development. Stella studied political science, law and public administration at University of Erfurt (Germany) and Leiden University (The Netherlands). She is specialized in development administration and has carried out research on administrative decentralization in Ethiopia; state-building strategies in post-conflict reconstruction; donor policies on public-private partnership; and evaluations of public-private partnership programmes in East Africa , South East Asia and South America. In addition, Stella focuses on the development of training curriculums and didactic methods for executive training programmes. Before joining RSM, Stella has gained experiences in consultancy and research on public-private projects as well as teaching at Maastricht School of Management. From 2005 to 2006, Stella joined the department “External Affairs and Public Policy” of Daimler AG where she was involved in CSR strategies, public-private partnerships in the environmental context and stakeholder relations in the Asia-Pacific region. Besides working in the private sector, Stella gained experiences in the public sector while interning with the German Embassy in Wellington (New Zealand).
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