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Orchestration of A Cross-Sector Collaboration Platform for Grand Challenges
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, I shall move the world. -Archimedes
In recent years, many scholars and practitioners have come to realize that collective action of diverse actors can offer a desirable and feasible approach for tackling intractable social and environmental problems. Existing cross-sector partnership (CSP) literature has under-theorized the orchestration process whereby brokering organizations sequentially convene cross-sector actors on a platform to steer transformational institutional change in the industry. I address this lacuna by analyzing a CSP platform orchestrated by an insurance broker for the tackling of a complex societal challenge. On the basis, I identify a series of orchestration work adopted by the broker to channel diverse stakeholders to the CSP platform. The orchestration work includes 1) an anchoring work—engaging the most influential actors (e.g. regulators, celebrities, and the most proactive actors) in the field to build orchestration legitimacy; 2) a neutralization work: building the credibility of the CSP platform by involving independent third parties to endorse the platform; 3) a defection work: building momentum by turning opponents (e.g. business incumbents) into allies. These series of orchestration work facilitate the formation of a CSP as an leverage to orchestratesystemic change in the industry.
Dr. Haiying Lin is full professor at HAITC, a joint international college established by Arizona State University and Hainan University. For the past decades, Dr. Lin’s work, as a practitioner and academia, have been positioned in the important niche related to the broad realm of non-regulatory governance, especially collective actions via strategic alliances and cross-sector partnerships (CSP), a desirable and feasible approach to tackling grand challenges—intractable economic, social and environmental problems (such as poverty, inequality and climate change) that deeply rooted in social, policy, and market systems. She was awarded the first and largest grant—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant–in the global community to explore cross-sector solutions to complex environmental problems ($424,214, from 2012 to 2017). Her work appears at top management journal in the Corporate Social Responsibility subfield such as Business Strategy and Environment , Organization and Environment, Business and Society, and Journal of Business Ethics. Her personal and team work is recognized in national and international academic platforms and won six different internationally recognized awards, including the 2011 Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the AOM, the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition, and the Routledge Best Paper Award in Social Partnership at the biannual Cross-Sector Social Interaction (CSSI) symposium in 2014 and 2018, as well as the winner of the Honorable Mention Award for the Social Responsibility Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) in 2016. Several of her collaborative projects have been showcased in initiatives and events hosted by the Network for Business Sustainability, and featured in the Annual Review of Social Partnerships in 2014.