EIB B254: Cross-sector Partnerships
This seminar offers an in-depth overview of cross-sector partnerships. The starting point is that finding solutions to today’s complex social problems must incorporate the resources and expertise of governments, civil society and business. The seminar addresses collaborations between the public, non-profit and private sectors and highlights different forms of cross-sector partnerships such as multi-stakeholder initiatives, public private partnerships, cross-sector social initiatives, cause-related marketing, and event-sponsorship. The seminar analyses conditions for successful cross-sector partnerships as well as some limitations of such programs. The course also addresses how “multi-nationalization” of business can drive the emergence and configurations of cross-sector partnerships. Finally, the seminar emphasizes the growing importance of social impact assessment for cross-sector partnerships. The aim of this course is to arm students with the analytical skills and knowledge necessary to form, evaluate, and critique cross-sector partnerships and decisions about how to engage in such programs for governments, NGOs and corporations.