Multi-stakeholder initiatives as loosely coupled systems
Rasche, Andreas (2009) Multi-stakeholder initiatives as loosely coupled systems. In: 8th Annual EABIS Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain. Published in: Proceedings of the 8th Annual EABIS ColloquiumFull text not available from this repository.
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This paper discusses the loosely coupled nature of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs). Applying a concept from organization theory (i.e. loosely coupled systems logic) to research on collaborative governance in the context of corporate responsibility, we discuss why MSIs reflect loosely coupled systems and what we can learn from this. Our analysis consists of three main steps: (1) We characterize MSIs as two-tiered initiatives consisting of a macro-level (rule setting) and a micro-level (rule implementation). We show that participants on both levels are loosely coupled by discussing the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative as exemplary cases. (2) We present the positive and negative effects that loose coupling creates for these two initiatives, particularly when considering their goal to be recognized as a multi-level/multi-actor mode of governance. (3) We outline implications of our analysis to further develop the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative based on an explicit acknowledgement of their loosely coupled nature.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > International Centre for Governance & Public Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Proceedings of the 8th Annual EABIS Colloquium|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Conference Paper Type:||Paper|
|Title of Event:||8th Annual EABIS Colloquium|
|Type of Event:||Conference|
|Location of Event:||Barcelona, Spain|
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