Business-NGO Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation and Third Parties

dc.contributor.advisorLeroy, P.
dc.contributor.authorBrunsting, J.I.
dc.description.abstractA growing number of conservation NGOs and businesses are engaging voluntarily in strategic collaborations to address the problem of biodiversity loss. ‘Strategic’ refers to collaborations that transcend mere financial or transactional relationships and that touch upon the core business or program of activities of both partners. Strategic partnerships involve organizations that have a shared purpose or goal, often one that neither organization feels it can achieve on its own. The combined strengths of both parties’ distinctive capacities may help them achieve their objectives and might lead to the creation of innovative solutions. Both sides aim to enhance each other’s capacities in order to fulfill a shared mission with a wider social or environmental impact. Risks and benefits are shared between the partners, which makes the stakes high for both of them. Increased collaboration between corporations and civil society organizations calls into question the way we traditionally view the role of business in society and the relation between business and NGOs. Besides the fact that the relationship between these organizations has often been of antagonistic nature, contact between them has usually been limited to philanthropy- and sponsorships based arrangements. The potential of partnerships to contribute to biodiversity solutions depends on the proper functioning of the collaboration. Often, business-NGO collaboration turns out to be challenging, particularly because partnerships involve a bringing together of actors with incongruent core logics and with little experience in cross-sector collaboration. This study aimed to identify the challenges that partnering organizations encounter throughout the partnership process – including the formation, implementation and evaluation stages – and to analyze the potential roles external third party organizations could perform in order to ameliorate those challenges. This aim can be summarized in the following research question: What challenges do business corporations and nongovernmental organizations that engage in strategic partnerships for biodiversity protection face during the formation, implementation and evaluation stages of the partnership and to what extent could external third parties contribute to alleviate these challenges?en_US
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Managementwetenschappenen_US
dc.thesis.studyprogrammeMaster Milieu-maatschappijwetenschappenen_US
dc.titleBusiness-NGO Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation and Third Partiesen_US
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