Making a Difference: Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good

3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions

24-25 May 2012, University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


The Partnerships Resource Centre at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam,

The Netherlands   in collaboration with Hull Business School, University of Hull


Prof. Rob Van Tulder (Programme Chair 2012); Proofs Andrew Crane (Symposium Chair 2012); Dr. May Seitanidi ( Symposium Co-ordinator and chair 2010); Dr. Carlos Rufin (Symposium Co-Chair 2014);Dr. Miguel Rivera (Symposium Co-Chair 2014)


Cross sector partnerships are one of the most exciting areas to be engaged in for researchers as well as practitioners. 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.

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.

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. More than 40 papers will be presented with a total of 60-80 academic participants. Practitioners can subscribe to individual sessions. Leading actors in the field of NGO’s, leading authors from the academics and leading firms of the Netherlands will discuss the impact of partnerships in joint interactive sessions.

The symposium welcomes academic and practitioner research on the symposium topic in the form of papers and posters. The best papers are candidates for inclusion in a special symposium issue of the Journal of Business Ethics and/or a book on the symposium’s topic.

The conference fee (excluding travel and hotel) is set at 150 euros. The fee for (PhD) students is 100 euro.

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