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Creating value through CSR across company functions and NGO collaborations: A Scandinavian cross-industry case study

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A growing body of research emphasizes the potentials of business-NGO partnerships (BNP’s) in developing sustainable innovation. However the business-NGO literature is still at an early stage of development and shrouded in rhetoric with dominant articulations and anecdotes with a lack of empirical evidence. One of the main challenges of studying sustainable innovation relates to the fact that there is no established definition and the terminology for these collaborations varies over a diverse range of overlapping terms such as: collaborations, partnerships, social alliances, cross-sector social-oriented partnerships. However, a number of researchers stress the potential of the business case for CSR as well as the challenges of managing responsibility in innovation in theory and practice. The observations above and the gab in literature point to the theoretical and empirical relevance of exploring business-NGO partnerships in the creation of sustainable innovation. The purpose of this study is to set up a model for defining these business-NGO partnerships and to investigate through a multiple cross-sectoral case-study how the different partnership types are managed to create strategic value through sustainable innovation. The findings reveal different practices, opportunities and challenges in creating sustainable innovation within the different types of business-NGO partnerships.
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Management
Sider (fra-til)162-174
StatusUdgivet - 1 sep. 2017

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