Creating Value in Nonprofit-Business Collaborations: New Thinking and Practice

by James E. Austin and M. May Seitanidi


With over a hundred case examples from around the globe and hundreds of literature references, the book reveals how collaboration between businesses and nonprofit organizations can most effectively co-create significant economic, social, and environmental value for society, organizations, and individuals.

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  • Discover the sources and types of value in nonprofit-business collaborations.
  • Identify where your current and future partnerships fall on the Collaboration Continuum and how this affects your ability to generate value.
  • Determine the best formation and implementation processes for your organization so you can optimize value creation.
  • Explore the value mindset and its impact on who benefits and how.


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About the Author

James E. Austin is the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School. He is one of the pioneering researchers and authors in the field of nonprofit business alliances and the author of the award-winning The Collaboration Challenge. Austin has provided advisory services to private companies, governments, international development agencies, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations, and has served as a special advisor to the White House.

M. May Seitanidi (FRSA), PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy at Kent Business School, University of Kent, and Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) of the University of Nottingham. Her work for over 20 years as a consultant, trainer and researcher focuses on the interactions between business and nonprofit organizations. She is the editor of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP), the author of The Politics of Partnerships and the co-editor (with Andrew Crane) of Social Partnerships and Responsible Business: A Research Handbook.

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