Comparing for-profit and not-for-profit collaboration: Cohered emergent theory application

Frank Nyame-Asiamah, Sime Serge, Bismark Yeboah Boasu

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This chapter applies Cohered Emergent Theory to explain how for-profit and not-for-profit collaborations can manage the challenges facing their collaborative activities, benefit from each other and satisfy the interest of their diverse stakeholders. The structure, scope and governing arrangements of collaborations are shaped by the underlying values and objectives of the organisations and partners forming such collaborative relationships. The complexities therein have influenced the existing understanding of for-profit and not-for-profit collaborations. Yet, the challenges of these collaborations and how they are resolved to give way for the two categories of collaborations to benefit from each other are less studied. Through the discipline of Cohered Emergent Theory, the chapter problematises the need for cross-fertilising the literature on for-profit and not-for-profit collaborations to generate a collaborative synergy for partners in both sectors. The findings indicate that using a Cohered Emergent Theory, we offer a capability and flexible approach to implementing collaborations that can potentially resolve power asymmetry, conflicting interests, mistrust, asset redundancies and uncertainties in collaborative arrangements. The implication of these for-profit and not-for-profit collaborations is to learn from each other through cross-sector collaborations and safeguard against collaborative failures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to the Future of Management Research
EditorsDavid Crowther, Shahla Seifi
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003225508
ISBN (Print)9781032126340
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2023

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