Most CSP and CSSI researchers are keenly aware of the resource constraints created by the 7 billion plus people living on planet earth right now who need much more strategic collaboration to address the complex challenges facing all of humanity: poverty, environmental devastation, water scarcity, gender bias, digital divide, income inequity, war, and the list goes on and on. Such massive issues, have been termed “wicked problems” and “social messes” (Rittel & Webber,1973; Ackoff, 1974) or “super wicked problems” because as more time passes the more difficult it is to address these issues (Levin, Cashore, Bernstein & Auld, 2012); Such efforts require different approaches than those historically by governments and civil society. As Senge and colleagues have argued, individuals, public and private organizations, and nations all have roles to play in tackling the increasingly long list of problems (Senge, et.al. 2008). So we should ask ourselves the following—how are we educating today’s students to be better prepared with the different approaches that such complexity demands? What resources already exist that prepare future mangers for cross-sector partnership (CSP) engagement needed to tackle these massive issues? Furthermore, what CSP skills, trainings, and resources are urgently needed?
What do we know about cross-sector partnership and pedagogy for collaboration?
Coverage of cross-sector partnerships as large-scale collaborative processes within traditional management education is very limited, with rare exception (Paschall & Wüstenhagen, 2012). Much of the management education literature to date equates collaborative process with team-based learning, which is a central pedagogical feature in many management classrooms (cf. Hillier & Dunn-Jensen, 2013). This topic has been extensively researched (cf. Journal of Management Education) and identified as a central mechanism for innovation in this conference call. In parallel to the dearth of resources in well-known management education publications, like Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE), Management Learning (ML) or Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, more and more CSP and CSSI cases are being published by mainstream publishing houses (i.e. Harvard Business Publishing & Ivey Publishers) and within niche teaching and learning journals such as Journal of Business Ethics Education (e.g. Smith & Crawford, 2008).
Team are certainly a valuable collaboration process and cases are an quite useful as a teaching tool, however we seek to understand collaborative learning and cross-sector partnership pedagogy much more broadly; for example, what is known about teaching collaborative leadership, cross-sectoral conflict management skills, and collaborative inquiry, dialogue and writing, among others. A brief review suggests there are pedagogical resources within the public administration education journals (cf. Journal of Public Affairs Education),...