Scholarship Reconsidered

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Introduction
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 classr...

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