Our Research

Our Research

Our research agenda

The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) conducts fundamental and action-oriented research on major partnerships topics: rationale for partnerships, effective management of partnerships, development of inclusive business models and transition management, strategic management of partnership portfolios, global value chain partnerships, and impact measurement of partnerships.

The PrC is involved in a number of research projects with various partners:

  • EMIT: In an international research consortium with the University of the Philippines (College of Social Science & Philosophy, UP School of Economics) and Thailand (Asian Institute of Technology), the PrC is carrying out an ambitious research programme. The title of this programme is ‘ESCAPING THE MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRY TRAP: targeted and pragmatic policies for technological upgrading and worker-inclusive industrial strategies as drawn from firm-level analysis of the Philippines and Thailand‘. The programme is comprised of six research projects and one pilot project and brings together 13 researchers of 7 nationalities and several stakeholder organizations from business, labour and civil society groups from Thailand and the Philippines. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO), and runs from 2011 to 2016.
  • PPPLab, a four year action research and joint learning initiative to enhance the relevance, effectiveness and quality of Dutch supported public-private partnerships. We work together with SNV, Aqua for All and WUR-CDI.

  • A NWO – WOTRO project on how inclusive business strategies can contribute to inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Target countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The PrC collaborate with the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) and the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), and working together with almost 30 other organizations, including: Philips Medical Systems, Rabo Development, BAM, Cordaid, AMREF, ICCO, SNV, PUM and knowledge institutes: Centre for Frugal Innovation (ISS).

  • 2Scale: Enhancing the Success of Global and Local Value Chains. Together with the WUR, the PrC conducts an action research project to enhance the success of the 2Scale program, created by a consortium led by IFDC, ICRA and BoP Inc. and focusing on sustainable clusters in agribusiness through learning in entrepreneurship).

  • In the context of the NWO – Groene Zaak program ‘Sustainable Business Models’ the PrC together with several co-applicants (professors of the Erasmus University, Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Amsterdam) proposed for an action research project called: ‘Managing the transition to sustainable business models: the role of leadership and measuring shared value creation’. This project aims to contribute to the development of shared value measurement models and an understanding of the antecedents of transformational/sustainability leadership.

  • Chair International Business and Human Rights (founded by Amnesty International Netherlands, Stichting Vredeswetenschappen and RSM) is aimed at bridging the disciplinary areas of business studies and social sciences (in particular human rights) as well as business and CSO community. Prof. Cees van Dam is appointed for this chair.
  • Promoting Effective Partnering (PEP), PrC is one of the five organisations, each with long-standing reputations, strong track records in supporting partnering and collaboration, and on the cutting edge of promoting good partnering practice, that participates in the PEP Initiative. Their main aim is to create an openly accessible facility to drive and strengthen partnering competence of public, private and civil society actors in support of achieving the SDGs.

Refer to the right for a full list of projects.