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Gray and Stites to Study Sustainability-Related Collaborations in Business

Barbara Gray, Smeal Executive Programs Fellow and professor of organizational behavior at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, and Smeal Ph.D. candidate Jenna Stites have received a CAD$25,000 award to study multi-stakeholder collaborations—particularly collaborations between businesses and stakeholders—from the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).
March 4, 2013

Barbara Gray, Smeal Executive Programs Fellow and professor of organizational behavior at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, and Smeal Ph.D. candidate Jenna Stites have received a CAD$25,000 award to study multi-stakeholder collaborations—particularly collaborations between businesses and stakeholders—from the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).

Gray and Stites will conduct a systematic review of the literature on multi-stakeholder collaborations to identify best practices for firms to collaborate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders on implementing sustainability solutions.

“The product of our research needs to be very practical from a business standpoint,” said Gray. “Our aim is to help inform how businesses and stakeholders can best approach collaborative partnerships among organizations to meet sustainability goals.”

Gray and Stites will present their report at the NBS Annual Conference in September, and it will be disseminated widely to businesses interested in improving their sustainability partnerships.

Gray is also the director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation and has research expertise in public/private partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, team building and conflict resolution (particularly in the environmental arena). Stites is pursuing a Ph.D. in business sustainability, and her research addresses corporate social responsibility and sustainability image and reputation, corporate reaction to institutional pressures, and corporate social performance.

The NBS is a Canadian non-profit organization networking international academic experts and business leaders to shape management practices and research in sustainability issues.

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