Alliances for Sustainable Futures

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Alliances for Sustainable Futures

Creating and Managing Purpose Driven Alliances

9781035308224 Edward Elgar Publishing
Jaap Boonstra, Professor of Organizational Dynamics, Department People and Organization, Esade Business School Barcelona, Spain and Professor of Global Leadership, CEMS – The Global Alliance in Management Education and Marcos Eguiguren, Director International Center in Sustainable Finance, Department Management, Law, Society and Humanities, UPF Barcelona School of Management, Spain and former Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03530 822 4 Extent: c 192 pp
Providing an in-depth exploration of the formation, building, development, and evolutionary phases of sustainable alliances, this book presents a new perspective on organizational change in value-driven alliances. Combining theoretical ideas, practical concepts, and critical reflections on the topic, this insightful and timely book supports the conception and progression of purpose driven alliances which contribute to a more positive and sustainable world.

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Providing an in-depth exploration of the formation, building, development, and evolutionary phases of sustainable alliances, this book presents a new perspective on organizational change that goes beyond modern institutions and offers practical insights on how to cope with paradoxes in the life cycle of alliances.

Combining theoretical ideas, practical concepts, and critical reflections on the topic, this insightful and timely book supports the conception and progression of purpose-driven alliances which contribute to a more positive and sustainable world. The authors present a historical overview of alliances, as well as discussing the factors pertaining to the successes and failures of collaborating organizations. The book further outlines the life cycle of sustainable alliances, using the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS) and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) as contemporary case studies. Analysing the strength and scope of alliances, it explores opportunities for these partnerships to contribute to a sustainable future.

Offering inspiration and guidance for those looking to contribute to profound economic and social change, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of business management, international business, and sustainable development, as well as the new generation of business people. It will also be beneficial for consultants, leaders, and managers who are dedicated to the creation and development of global alliances.
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‘This book contains a wonderful reflection on how CEMS has evolved from a European to a global alliance in management education with the ambition to educate responsible leaders who contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The concepts, reflections and stories in this book provide helpful guidance and inspiration to partners in global alliances and to future business leaders who aim to contribute to a sustainable and better world.’
– Xavier Mendoza, Esade Business and Law School, Spain

‘A highly accurate and stimulating analysis of value-based alliances that are both complex and fascinating forms of collaboration. The book beautifully emphasizes the importance of the human dimension, the power of trust and the need for a professional organization. As an experienced practitioner of social alliances, I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to understand and develop sustainable alliances.’
– Nicole de Fontaines, CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education

‘Collaborating across disciplines and organizational borders is the only way to tackle current societal challenges. This book is an inspiring work on all facets of alliances and contains many practical insights and methods. A must-read for anyone who wants to contribute to a better and sustainable world.’
– Yvonne Burger, Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

‘New technologies, sustainability goals, and economic networks are changing societies and how organizations can create value for their communities and society. Collaboration across sectors and multidisciplinary thinking are prerequisites to navigating today's paradigm shift. This book challenges engaged business leaders to break down old boundaries, chart a new course for the future and contribute to a sustainable world. The concepts and elaborated case studies offer a holistic and particularly compelling view of how strategy, innovation and sustainability work interlinked.’
– Greo Belgers, BMW Financial Services

‘Jaap Boonstra and Marcos Eguiguren are writing about alliances that have the ambition to contribute to a better and sustainable world. This book is an indispensable guide for those who want to give substance to responsible leadership and do so in connection with others. Clarifying insights into dealing with paradoxes in the alliance life cycle are an important contribution to our profession as alliance managers and above all a helpful guideline for leaders and professionals collaborating in purpose driven alliances.’
– Edwin Kaats, Common Eye, the Netherlands.

‘Today’s students and graduates often find themselves in circumstances where they want to influence their professional environment to actively direct an organization’s efforts towards more sustainability and equitability. This book and its perspective on purpose-driven alliances provides them with a toolbox to put their ideas and aspirations into practice and outlines success factors along with best practices based on tangible examples enabling them to become the changemakers and leaders they want to be.’
– Jan-Niklas Franke, Cornell University , US, Esade Business School, Spain and McKinsey & Company

‘Alliances for Sustainable Futures is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future and is committed to creating alliances to get there. The book offers practical advice based on successful real-world examples that provide a blueprint for alliance leadership and action.’
– Tamara Vrooman, Vancouver Airport Authority, Canada Infrastructure Bank and former CEO Vancity Credit Union, Canada

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