Centre for Economic Transformation

Orchestrating Multi-stakeholder Collaborations for Grand Challenges

CIE online Conference 25 November 2022


Join us to hear the latest research on Orchestrating Multi-stakeholder Collaborations for Grand Challenges. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Maastricht School of Management are proudly organizing an online Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Conference on 25 November 2022. The 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.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Dutch Research Council, Taskforce for Applied Sciences SIA. Due to their support for the conference, there are no participation fees.

Keynote Presentation by Prof. Charlene Zietsma

Prof. Charlene Zietsma (Smeal College of Business, PennState University) will speak about field evolution and the interaction between exchange and issue fields. Her keynote sketches a bigger picture on how field structures, sustainability issues and partnerships influence trajectories of field evolution and highlights the role of orchestration to address issue complexities and power relations.

Panel Discussion with Prof. Barbara Gray, Prof. Bobby Banerjee and Prof. Rashedur Chowdhury, moderated by Dr. Garima Sharma

These three prominent and distinguished scholars will discuss how power relations and dynamics play out in multi-stakeholder, cross-sector partnerships. Drawing on their rich and extensive work, they offer critical perspectives on current partnership research. They’ll touch on topics such as failed partnerships, partnerships to resist powerful actors or partnerships that don’t emerge due to missing voices. Join the conversation and take an active part in moving partnership research to more progressive theoretical development.

Parallel paper sessions

Scholars will present their latest research on cross-sector partnerships, collaborative networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives or innovation platforms that address grand challenges, sustainability, and circularity and receive constructive feedback from discussants. We are no longer accepting submissions for paper presentations. However, interested scholars can register to attend the parallel session without presenting papers.

Conference Program (preliminary)

Friday, 25 November 2022
Online Conference
Time Program
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome
10.15 - 11.15 Plenary Keynote by Prof. Charlene Zietsma
11.15 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Papersession I
13.00 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 16.30 Paper session II
16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.00

Plenary discussion with Prof. Barbara Gray, Prof. Bobby Banerjee and Prof. Rashedur Chowdhury, moderated by Dr. Garima Sharma

18.00 - 18.15 Closing

Speaker Bio’s

Professor Charlene Zietsma

Professor 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. 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.

Assistant Professor Garima Sharma

Dr. Garima Sharma

Garima Sharma is an Assistant Professor in Sustainability at the Kogod Business School, American University, Washington D.C. 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.

Professor Emeritus Barbara L. Gray

Professor Emeritus Barbara L. Gray

Dr. Barbara Gray is a Professor and Executive Programs Faculty Fellow of Organizational Behavior, Emerita, at Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of research include: multiparty conflict and negotiation, collaborative partnerships, conflict framing and intractable conflict, social class dynamics and sustainability. Dr. Gray has published four books Collaborating: Finding common ground for multiparty problems; International Joint Ventures: Economic and organizational perspectives, Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and cases and Collaborating for Our Future: Multistakeholder partnerships for solving complex problems. She has over 100 other publications including work in Administrative Sciences Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Management and Journal of Management Inquiry. Dr. Gray is also a trained mediator and consults to organizations about conflict and collaboration.

Professor Bobby Banerjee

Professor Bobby Banerjee

Bobby Banerjee is Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research & Enterprise at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City University of London. His primary research interests are in the areas of corporate social irresponsibility, sustainability, climate change and resistance movements. Other research interests include critical management studies, Indigenous ecology, and postcolonial studies. He has published extensively in leading scholarly journals and authored the books: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the co-edited volume Organizations, Markets and Imperial Formations: Towards an Anthropology of Globalization. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals, has been a Senior Editor at Organization Studies and is an Associate Editor at Business & Society. He is also a cofounder of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Bayes Business School.

Professor Rashedur Chowdhury

Professor Rashedur Chowdhury

Rashedur Chowdhury is Professor in Business and Management at Essex Business School, University of Essex. His research specializes in understanding the dynamic relationship between firms and marginalized groups, conceptualizing how marginalized groups influence firms and how firms respond. He does so, by immersing himself with marginalized people and their spaces, where they live, suffer or experience pain, reject dominant institutions, and aspire to thrive on their own terms or maintain non-conformist lifestyles. He has his work in Business & Society, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization, and Human Relations. His most recent project examines rhetoric and reality in the context of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh; making sense of how victims of Rana Plaza see their own situation. His PhD thesis titled “Reconceptualizing the Dynamics of the Relationship between Marginalized Stakeholders and Multinational Firms,” received The Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award, 2014. His award-winning thesis brought a unique perspective on how powerful actors can and should explore new mechanisms for engaging marginalized stakeholders.


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 17 November 2022
Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference 2022


Start date 25 Nov


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