Social Partnering in Latin America: Lessons Drawn from Collaborations of Businesses and Civil Society Organizations

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Can businesses collaborate with nonprofit organizations? Drawing lessons from 24 cases of cross-sector partnerships spanning the hemisphere, Social Partnering in Latin America analyzes how businesses and nonprofits are creating partnerships to move beyond traditional corporate philanthropy. An American supermarket and a Mexican food bank, an Argentine newspaper and a solidarity network, and a Chilean pharmacy chain and an elder care home are just a few examples of how businesses are partnering with community ...
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Can businesses collaborate with nonprofit organizations? Drawing lessons from 24 cases of cross-sector partnerships spanning the hemisphere, Social Partnering in Latin America analyzes how businesses and nonprofits are creating partnerships to move beyond traditional corporate philanthropy. An American supermarket and a Mexican food bank, an Argentine newspaper and a solidarity network, and a Chilean pharmacy chain and an elder care home are just a few examples of how businesses are partnering with community organizations in powerful ways throughout Latin America. The authors analyze why and how such social partnering occurs. The book provides a compelling framework for understanding cross-sector collaborations and identifying motivations for partnering and key levers that maximize value creation for participants and society.
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President, Inter-American Development Bank - Enrique V. Iglesias
This groundbreaking book shows how dynamic alliances between businesses and non-profit organizations are improving social conditions across Latin America. The book itself is a milestone collaboration between Harvard University and business schools from throughout the region. Social Partnering in Latin America is about new alignments and changing times--a must read for business and political leaders.
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School - Michael E. Porter
There is a growing recognition that economic and social progress are inextricably inter-twined.Companies must learn to integrate their activities with society, while social organizations need to learn to collaborate with business rather than view it with suspicion.This book is a landmark in exploring this new collaboration in the crucial setting of developing economies. It will be truly indispensable to scholars and practitioners alike.
Professor of Nonprofit Management and Economics, Case Western Reserve
University, and President, National Center on N - Dennis R. Young
In Social Partnering in Latin America, the SEKN research team has effectively extended to the international arena and advanced James Austin's path-breaking framework for understanding and developing institutional collaborations. A real strength of the book is its 24 case studies drawn from throughout Latin America. A must read for both practitioners and scholars of business, government and the nonprofit sector.
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Meet the Author

James E. Austin is Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the Initiative on Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School.

Ezequiel Reficco is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School.

Gabriel Berger is Associate Professor at the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The key collaboration questions
Ch. 2 Building cross-sector bridges
Ch. 3 Building alignment
Ch. 4 Value generation
Ch. 5 Alliance management
Ch. 6 Argentina : the role of social entrepreneurs in alliance building
Ch. 7 Brazil : understanding the influence of organizational culture on alliance development
Ch. 8 Central America and Peru : dealing with barriers to inter-sector collaboration
Ch. 9 Chile : building trust in alliances
Ch. 10 Colombia : multi-party alliance development
Ch. 11 Mexico : the business sense of cross-sector alliances
Ch. 12 Concluding reflections
Epilogue : partnering : an additional perspective
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