Session 18
Monday, 8 November 2004
1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Room 304
Public-Private Partnerships in Developing Countries
This workshop is based on various research projects investigating recent and innovative ways that business partnerships have evolved and the contribution of these partnerships to sustainable development. In accordance with the location of this year’s GIN conference it does so by particularly focusing on studies from the Asian continent. The papers look at four key areas which provide insight into the development, and the impacts, of partnerships in Asia. First, a macro analysis of CSR and partnerships is undertaken to provide contextualisation and contrast between seven Asian countries. The discussion is focussed on the question of whether an “Asian?model of CSR exists, and differences in issues and use of partnerships are analysed. The findings seem to suggest that partnerships are the main vehicle for progressing “beyond philanthropy?towards sustainable development. The workshop then moves towards an “issue?based analysis of partnership development with the focus narrowing to the management of HIV/AIDS. Again, this issue based research explores the implications of partnerships in the development of business practice beyond philanthropy. This research, based among others on data from the Philippines, shows that particularly in social and economic sustainability, partnerships are a tool to live up to new challenges particularly for MNCs. The next paper discusses the design and mechanics of partnerships, in particular the dynamics and the variety of organization evident in partnership formation. This is explored in more detail by a contribution from India, where quite a long tradition in various tri-partite partnership exists. Finally, the workshop attempts to conceptualize ways of assessing the benefit of partnerships with the application of social capital theory to the area of corporate volunteering, which is emerging as a very popular form of partnership in developing countries.
Chairs:Wendy Chapple, Nottingham University Business School
Dirk Matten, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
1:30 PM Current Issues and Innovative Approaches in Partnerships: A comparative analysis of CSR in seven Asian countries
Wendy Chapple, Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom
1:40 PM Moving beyond Philanthropy in Partnerships: Multinational corporations and the management of HIV/AIDS in developing countries
Dirk Matten, Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS), United Kingdom
1:50 PM Organizational mechanisms and dynamics of Partnerships: Multipartite partnerships in India
Bimal Arora, Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom
2:00 PM Benefits of Partnerships: The creation of social capital by corporate volunteering
Judy Muthuri, Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom

Technical Program

The 12th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network - Partnerships for Sustainable Development November 7-10, 2004