Designing, Organizing and Assessing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Together with our funding institutions (USAID/HESN and ACIAR) and academic partners (Centre for Development Innovation, Seas of Change, Partnership Resource Center, Royal Tropical Institute, NetworkingAction, the Cross-Sector Social Interaction Community and the Social Issues in Management Group at the Academy of Management), we are tackling the following questions:

How can we organize partnerships, platforms and communities of practice that effectively address complex, even wicked sustainability challenges such as food insecurity, land degradation, deforestation and violation of human rights? 

How can we re-structure and re-focus the efforts of our companies and of our organizations (ministries, non-governmental organizations, universities, etc.) to participate and learn effectively in partnerships to address sustainability challenges? 

How can we develop our own individual competencies to become effective participants and learners in partnerships to address sustainability challenges?


Please follow our current updates on these projects through the following links: 

We constantly reflect and learn from these projects through the following courses and other training activities: 

Our publications on partnerships to address sustainability challenges:

Dentoni, D., Bitzer, V. and Schouten, G. (2017). "Harnessing wicked problems in multi-stakeholder partnerships." Journal of Business Ethics, ForthcomingSpecial Issue on Cross-Sector Partnerships and Systemic Change.

Dentoni, D., Waddell, S. and Waddock, S. (2017). "Pathways of transformation in global food and agricultural systems: Implications from a large systems change theory perspective." Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, In Press.


Dentoni, D. (2017). "Tackling sustainability challenges: How, when and why?" Interview to Prof. Fabrizio Ferraro, IESE Business School. Community section, Annual Review of Social Partnerships 12. In Press.

Dentoni, D., Bitzer, V. and Pascucci, S. (2016). "Cross Sector Partnerships and the Co-Creation of Dynamic Capabilities for Stakeholder Orientation." Journal of Business Ethics 135 (1), 35-53. Special Issue on The Impact of Cross-Sector Partnerships.

Dentoni, D. (2016). Resistance and alternatives to a corporate-centric view of society: which roles can academic play to support marginalised actors? Interview to Prof. Bobby Banerjee, Cass Business School. Community section, Annual Review of Social Partnerships 11, 1-123.

Waddock, S., Meszoely, G., Waddell, S. and Dentoni, D. (2015). "The Complexity of Wicked Problems in Large Scale Change." Journal of Organizational Change Management 28 (6), 993-1012.

Waddell, S., Waddock, S., Cornell, S., Dentoni, D., McLachlan, M. and Meszoely, G. (2015). "Large Systems Change: Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions." Introduction to the Special Issue on the Journal of Corporate Citizenship 58 (1-11). Special Issue on Large Systems Change.

Dentoni, D. and Bitzer, V. (2015). "Managing Wicked Problems in Global Agriculture: The Role of Universities in Multi-Stakeholder Engagements and Value Creation." Journal of Cleaner Production 106, 68-78. Special Issue on Building Bridges for a More Sustainable Future.

Dentoni, D. and Ross, B. (2013). "Towards a Theory of Managing Wicked Problems through Multi-Stakeholder Engagements: Evidence from the Agribusiness Sector." International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 16 (A), 1-10.

Waddell, S., McLachlan, M., Dentoni, D. (2013). "Learning and Transormative Networks to Address Wicked Problems: A GOLDEN Invitation." International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 16 (A), 23-32.

Dentoni, D., Hospes, O. and Ross, R. (2012). "Managing Wicked Problems in Agribusiness: The Role of Multi-Stakeholder Engagements in Value Creation: Introduction to the Special Issue." International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 15 (B), 1-12.

Dentoni, D. and H.C. Peterson (2011). “Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A Framework for Multi-Disciplinary Research.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 14 (5), 83-108.


Our publications on organizational structures to effectively participate to partnerships:

Poldner, K., Dentoni, D. and Ivanova, O. (2017). “Aesthetic mediation of creativity, communicating sustainability and the organization.” Journal of Cleaner Production, In Press.

Ingenbleek, P. and Dentoni, D. (2016). Learning from Stakeholder Pressure and Embeddedness: The Roles of Absorptive Capacity in the Corporate Social Responsibility of Dutch Agribusinesses. Sustainability, 8(10), 10-26.

Veldhuizen, M., Blok, V., Dentoni, D. (2013). "Multi-Stakeholder Interaction as a Source for Sustainable Development: Organizational Drivers Determining Companies' Stakeholder Dialogue and Knowledge Integration Capabilities." Journal of Chain and Network Science 13 (2), 107-117.

Dentoni, D. and Veldhuizen, M. (2012). "Building Capabilities for Multi-Stakeholder Interactions at Global and Local Level: Executive Interviews with Unilever Managers." International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 15 (B), 85-96.


Publications on competencies to effectively participate to partnerships:

Wesselink, R., Blok, V., Lans, T., Leur, S. and Dentoni, D. (2015). "Individual Competencies for Managers Engaged in Corporate Sustainable Management Practices." Journal of Cleaner Production 106, 497-506. Special Issue on Building Bridges for a More Sustainable Future.

Dentoni, D., Blok. V., Lans, T., Wesselink, R. (2012). "Developing Human Capital for Agri-Food Firms’ Multi-Stakeholder Interactions." International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 15 (A), 61-68.

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