Cross-Sector Social Interactions Symposia Series

Cross-sector social interactions (CSSI) is one of the most exciting areas to be engaged in for researchers as well as practitioners. The most recent form of CSSI, social partnerships, bridging different sectors (public, profit, non-profit) appears to be the ‘raison d’être’ for multilateral organisations such as the UN, large and small businesses in developed and developing countries. 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 taking stock of developments, discussing and analysing best practices among scholars and practitioners in order to develop not only knowledge and concepts, but also tools and methods is imperative. The CSSI International Symposia Series is organised every two years at leading universities around the world with the aim to bring together a wide constituency of business and nonprofit leaders, public sector policy makers and academics to discuss by fostering open dialogue with the aim to contribute to the social good.

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History of CSSI Symposia Series:

The first scoping symposium on CSSI was developed as a result of the funding received by Dr. M. May Seitanidi from Brunel Enterprise, Sustainability, Innovation and Ethics (BRESE) Research centre.  The aim of the symposium was to formulate a future research agenda, informed by both theory and practice, addressing the challenges that business, nonprofit and public organisations were going to face as a result of the increased interactions and the proliferation of partnerships.

The 1st CSSI Symposium was titled ‘The Future challenges of Cross-Sector Social Interactions’ and was co-organised by Brunel Business School (BRESE- Dr. M. May Seitanidi and Brunel WestFocus Social Inclusion Network Dr. Nelarine Cornelius) and the London School of Economics (LSE Complexity Research Programme – Prof. Eve Mitleton-Kelly) in London, focusing specifically on the interactions between non-profit organisations and businesses as complex evolving systems. The symposium was supported by the Academy for Business in Society (ABIS).

In 2010 the 2nd CSSI Symposium was organised at Brunel Business School in London by Dr. M. May Seitanidi titled: ‘Re-Imaging Partnerships for the Social Good’ and since then every two years prominent members of the CSSI Community have been organising the CSSI Symposium at leading Universities around the world.


In 2012 Prof. Rob van Tulder, Director of the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and in collaboration with Dr. M. May Seitanidi, Director of the Organisational Ethics Research Centre at Hull Business School, organised the

 


3rd CSSI Symposium under the title: ‘Making a Difference: Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the Social Good’.  The symposium was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Academy for Business in Society (ABIS) and Routledge Publishing House.

In 2014 the 4th CSSI Symposium was co-organised by Dr. Carlos Rufín, Associate Professor of International Business, Suffolk University (USA) and Dr. Miguel Rivera-Santos, Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business, EMLYON Business School (France) and Babson College (USA) and it was titled:‘Innovative Collaboration for a complex world: Reaching across Institutional Divides’. The Symposium was supported by the Peter Gustavson School of Business (University of Vistoria), the Partnerships Resource Centre (Erasmus University), the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP), CSRWire and Routledge Publishing House.

In 2016 the 5th CSSI Symposium is co-organised by Prof. Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University and Dr. Amelia Clarke, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo. The title of the Symposium is: ‘Cross-Sector Partnerships for Systemic Change’. The Symposium is supported by the Partnerships Resource Centre (Erasmus University), the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP), CSRWire and Routledge Publishing House.

In 2018  the 6th CSSI Symposium will be organised by Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Professor and Director of the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.


 

Fourthcoming CSSI Symposium

CSSI 2016 Toronto
17-20 April 2016

 
CSSI 2016 Toronto Website

Future CSSI Symposia

CSSI 2018 Copenhagen
Dates to be announced

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Previous CSSI Symposia

CSSI 2014 Boston
29-30 May 2014

‘Innovative Collaboration for a complex world: Reaching across Institutional Divides’

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CSSI 2012 Rotterdam
24-25 May 2012

‘Making a Difference: Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the Social Good’.

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CSSI 2010 London
29 April 2010

‘Re-Imaging Partnerships for the Social Good’

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CSSI 2007 London
24 May 2007

 ‘The Future challenges of Cross-Sector Social Interactions’

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CSSI Symposia Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research

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Prof. Sandra Waddock recipient of the 2nd LifeTime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research at the 4th CSSI Symposium in Boston.
 


Prof. Jim Austin recipient of the 1st LifeTime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research that was established at the 3rd CSSI Symposium in Rotterdam.

Routledge Best Paper Award in Partnership Research

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Recipients 2014 Routledge Best Paper Award in Social Partnership Research: Dr. Nino Antadz, Dr. Haiying Lin, Dr. Oana Branzei
 
Recipient of 2012 Routledge Best Paper Award in Social Partnership Research
 
Prof. Andy Crane & Dr. Cheryl Martens winner of the Routledge Best Poster Award in Social Partnership Research 2010
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