Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Collaborative Cross-Sector Business Models for Sustainability” – Submission 1 Dec 2018

Business & Society call for papers

Collaborative Cross-Sector Business Models for Sustainability

Guest Editors

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School
Florian Lüdeke-Freund, University of Hamburg
Irene Henriques, Schulich School of Business
M. May Seitanidi, Kent Business School


In the last few decades, there has been a wave of interest in business models, which has also impacted the debates about corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility. But what is often missing or lost in the business model discussions is the fact that the development of businesses is often dependent on the collaboration of multiple actors such as suppliers, customers, universities and government – namely cross-sector collaboration.

Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to explore the role of cross-sector collaboration and partnerships for new and potentially sustainable business models and sharing platforms. To date, collaboration with stakeholders has often been lumped together and drawn as a ‘key partners’ box in the business model canvas, which in turn leads to an underrepresentation of partners and networks, or stakeholders in general, in dominating business model frameworks and theories. Addressing collaborative models will blur the boundaries of conventional business model thinking, which remains dominated by well-defined boxes and clear-cut boundaries.

This special issue aims at motivating authors to explore the theoretical, conceptual and practical areas where narrow perspectives on customers and suppliers are extended or replaced by considering the whole range of possible stakeholders related to business models and sharing platforms. The aim is to develop insights about how collaborative business models and sharing platforms can be stimulated, managed and lead to outcomes that are beneficial for both business and society.

Scope and topics

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • When do collaborative business models supplement or replace conventional business models?
  • What types of sharing and collaboration are needed for social innovations to thrive?
  • How do hybridization approaches inform collective action models?
  • How is economic, social and environmental value(s) balanced among the different actors in collaborative business models?
  • How is value created, delivered and captured from cross-sector collaboration shared among actors from business and society?
  • What tensions, dilemmas and paradoxes emerge when managing and operating collaborative business models for sustainability?

A more extensive list can be found in the full call for papers (link below).

Schedule and submission

The deadline for submission of full papers is December 1, 2018. Authors should submit their manuscripts through ScholarOne Manuscripts at:

Authors should be sure to specify in the submission system that the manuscript is for the special issue on “Collaborative Cross-Sector Business Models for Sustainability”.

Manuscripts should be prepared following the Business & Society author guidelines:

All articles will be subjected to double-blind peer review and editorial processes in accordance with the policies of Business & Society.

Special Issue Workshop

The special issue is coordinated with the Cross-Sector Social Interaction Conference (CSSI2018), which will be hosted by Copenhagen Business School on 10th -12th of June, 2018. However, your paper does not have to be presented at CSSI2018 in Copenhagen to be eligible for consideration for the special issue.

Download the detailed call for papers.

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