Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics

Call for papers for the online CIE Conference 25 November 2022

Orchestrating Multi-stakeholder Collaborations for Grand Challenges


Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2022

In collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management we are proudly organizing the online Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Conference on 25 November 2022. The main focus is on orchestrating multi-stakeholder collaborations with the overarching theme being the collaborative nature of addressing grand challenges, and in particular sustainability and circularity transitions.

Organized by Maastricht School of Management and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Dutch Research Council, Taskforce for Applied Sciences SIA and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Keynote presentation:

Prof. Charlene Zietsma (Smeal College of Business, PennState University) will give a keynote presentation on the interplay between inter-organizational (multi-stakeholder) collaborations and issue fields.

Panel discussion:

A panel of sustainability scholars and practitioners will discuss the current state and future direction of research on multi-stakeholder collaboration for sustainability.

The overarching conference theme is the collaborative nature of addressing grand challenges, and in particular sustainability and circularity transitions (Ferraro et al., 2015; George et al., 2016). One focus within that theme will be the role that orchestrators (also referred to as conveners, brokers or interveners) play in advancing these transitions by launching and governing multi-stakeholder collaborations (Dorado & Vaz, 2003; Gray & Purdy, 2018; Paquin & Howard-Grenville, 2013; Stadtler & Probst, 2012). Organizing and mobilizing diverse stakeholders in inter-organizational collaborations is however fraught with tensions and challenges (Ansell & Gash, 2007; Bowen et al., 2018; Van Hille et al., 2019) and we invite scholars to submit papers that explore these challenges and how these are governed. Another focus of the conference is on the legitimacy of multi-stakeholder collaborations and how it is established and attributed among various internal and external stakeholders (Rueede & Kreutzer, 2015; Schouten & Glasbergen, 2011). Furthermore, we invite papers that explore the empirical phenomenon of multi-stakeholder collaborations, looking at how they emerge, intersect, compete, or persist to create collaborative value and societal impact (Alamgir & Banerjee, 2019; Buchanan et al., 2022; DiVito et al., 2021; Van Tulder et al., 2016).

More generally, we invite scholars working on cross-sector partnerships, collaborative networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives or innovation platforms that address grand challenges, sustainability, and circularity to submit papers. We welcome submissions that view partnerships and collaborative networks from various perspectives, such as strategic management, innovation systems, organizational theory or public administration. For more information, please download the call for papers.

Conference paper submission requirements

Please submit your full paper using the submission system [see link below] no later than 15 July 2022. Full paper submissions are required, with a maximum of 30 pages, excluding tables, figures, references (double-spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman). Each paper will receive an assigned discussant. This is an online conference. There is no fee for accepted papers.


On 24 November 2022, we will host a career development workshop for doctoral students and early career scholars. Dr. Garima Sharma will give a keynote about bridging the research-practice gap and creating research impact. This workshop will take place on site in Maastricht. More details and submission requirements are below.

Details and submission requirements to the Academic Career Development Workshop

On 24 November 2022, we will host an on-site Academic Career Development workshop focused on increasing societal impact of academic research related to the conference theme. During the workshop, early career scholars and doctoral students present and discuss their work with senior academics. Dr. Garima Sharma will give a keynote about bridging the research-practice gap and creating research impact. We will also have a discussion panel with journal editors that focus on impact publishing. The Academic Career Development workshop is supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Early career scholars and doctoral students in any phase of their projects are invited to submit a (draft) paper of maximum 30 pages excluding references, tables, figures, or a 5-page summary of a current research project to professorship-cie@hva.nl no later than 15 July 2022. We will select 15 participants based on the project/paper’s fit with the overall conference theme. There is no fee for accepted participants. Participants in the Academic Career Development workshop are also invited to participate in the conference on 25 November 2022. Bursaries for travel and accommodation are available upon request.

Preliminary program

Thursday, 24 November 2022 Friday, 25 November 2022
Academic Career Development Workshop Online Conference
Time Program Time Program
10.00 - 11.00 Welcome 10.00 - 10.15 Welcome
11.00 - 12.00 Plenary keynote speaker 10.15 - 11.15 Plenary kenote speaker
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch 11.15 - 11.30 Break
13.00 - 14.30 Parallel paper sessions 11.30 - 13.00 Papersession I
14.30 - 15.00 Break 13.00 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 16.00 Plenary session 15.00 - 16.30 Paper session II
16.00 - 16.30 Closing 16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.00 Plenary debate future research directions of multistakeholder collaboration for sustainability
18.00 - 18.15 Closing


Professor Charlene Zietsma

Prof. Charlene Zietsma

Charlene Zietsma is a Professor and the John & Becky Surma Dean's Research Fellow, Management and Organization at the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University. Charlene focuses on contexts involving significant, large-scale change. She studies institutional work, institutional change processes, social and sustainable entrepreneurship and social emotions usually in the context of social and ecological issues and social movements. Charlene has lectured extensively on these topics in a number of countries around the world and her work has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and other journals. In 2016, she was awarded the ASQ Scholarly Contribution Award for the paper published in 2010 that has had the most significant impact on the field of organization studies. Charlene has held a Chair of Excellence at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, as well as visiting scholar appointments at the University Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Liverpool.

Assistant Professor Garima Sharma

Dr. Garima Sharma

Garima Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USA. Her research focuses on sustainability, social entrepreneurship and related tensions of purpose and profits. She is also interested in understanding how research impacts practice, and the topics of rigor–relevance and knowledge cocreation. Garima’s research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Management Studies among others.


About MSM

Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is an internationally recognized institute that provides education and advocacy for ethical management, inspiring leadership, innovative entrepreneurship and effective public policy, building on its unique history in working together with institutions in emerging economies for better global management. It is located in the vibrant city of Maastricht, in the Southern part of The Netherlands.

About AUAS – CET

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is a knowledge institution offering a broad range of professional education programmes to a diverse mix of students, enabling them to fully develop their talent and independently practise their chosen professions at a high level. By connecting education and applied research, the AUAS enables innovation in the professional sector and community in, and around, the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam.

The Centre for Economic Transformation (CET) offers a platform where new ideas on economics take shape in practice-oriented research and education. CET works together with the business community, social organizations and governments on economic issues that affect society, both nationally and internationally. CET focuses on redesigning business; on advancing new, sustainable approaches in finance, marketing, governance and the labour market, supported by state-of-the-art digital technologies. CET is primarily aimed at companies and organizations that want to accelerate towards a thriving, regenerative and distributive economy that serves the needs of society while respecting planetary boundaries.

Published by  Centre for Economic Transformation 29 April 2022
Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference 2022


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