M&O’s ABRI Summer School in Management Studies advances scholarship in collaboration across boundaries and the pursuit of common good

As a part of FEWEB's mission to deliver Science with Purpose, the M&O department organized ABRI's PhD Summer School 2017 on "Approaches for studying collaboration across boundaries and the pursuit of common good", which took place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, June 19 – 21.

06/30/2017 | 12:11 PM

This Summer School brought together about 20 PhD students and faculty members who have an interest in generating knowledge about how and when actors with different interests, values, and/or institutional backgrounds can successfully collaborate. Professors Bernard Leca (ESSEC Business School, picture), Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics), and Riku Ruotsalainen, Brian Tjemkes, Jingshu Du, and Marc Bahlmann (M&O department) facilitated the work of students on this topic.

M&O Summer School ImageWhy organize a Summer School on collaboration and the pursuit of common good?
Due to broad changes in the market and institutional environment, contemporary organizations increasingly use postbureaucratic modes of organizing to produce more effective products and services. New modes of organizing comprise, for example, cross-functional innovation projects, cross-occupational teams in professional organizations, and firm collaborations with competitors, stakeholders, and non-governmental organizations. As organizations increasingly use these different modes of organizing, ability to collaborate across functional, organizational, and institutional boundaries becomes an important determinant of performance of involved actors and the pursuit of common good.

Yet, increasing collaboration across boundaries sets a challenge for students of organization, management, and strategy. As studies show that many collaborations across boundaries fail to generate innovative, synergistic solutions or balance the interests of different parties involved, it would be important to know more about how and when actors with different interests, values, and/or institutional backgrounds can collaborate and engage in collective action. The ABRI Summer School 2017 therefore aimed to bring together researchers who share an interest in generating knowledge about how and when actors with different interests, values, and/or institutional backgrounds can successfully collaborate. Our goal is to better understand theoretical constructs and processes explaining successful collaboration across boundaries. We organized a summer school on this theme because we believe that focusing on antecedents, processes, and outcomes of cross-boundary collaboration provides an opportunity to generate interesting and relevant research questions and empirical studies that look beyond existing theoretical perspectives.