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Collaboration; Cross-Sector Partnerships; Disaster Relief; Humanitarian; Place; Social Cause
Stadtler L., Van Wassenhove L. (2023) (Published Online). Between Intensity and Diversity: Leveraging the Role of Place in Cross-Sector Partnerships Journal of Business Ethics
The authors seek to advance place-sensitive theory on cross-sector partnerships (CSPs) by investigating how partners cope with difficult place characteristics that affect their collaboration. To this end, the authors conduct an in-depth case study of a disaster relief CSP in which the partners had to cope with what they label place intensity of disasters, as well as with what emerged as place diversity of pre-/post-disaster contexts.The authors' findings illustrate the collaborative effects of these different place contexts and reveal two practices of CSP place work by which the partners sought to leverage their cross-fertilizing potential: they used the pre-/post-disaster contexts to anticipate and prepare for the place intensity and conveyed such intensity to pre-/post-disaster contexts to manage the place diversity and sustain the collaborative commitment.These insights advance CSP research, first, by outlining places’ agentic forces and exposing their different collaborative effects. Second, by introducing practices of cognitive and emotional CSP place work, the authors show how partners may integrate places into their CSP management to better handle their adverse effects.