Prof Sandra Waddock (Boston College) receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Sandra Waddock, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at Boston College, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research sponsored by The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University at the 4th International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI), 29-30 May 2014 at Suffolk University Boston, USA.

The recipient of the 2014 LifeTime Achievement (LTA) Award, Professor Waddock, a pioneer in cross sector collaboration research, spent much of her academic career researching this subject. The Symposium Chair, Prof. Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at Schulich School of Business at York University, commented: “Sandra Waddock is a true pioneer in cross-sector partnership research. She is one of the giants whose shoulders we all stand upon.”

Professor Rob van Tulder, the Director of the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC), and Professor of International Business-Society Management, remarked about the LTA Award in Collaboration Research: “The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) aims at making the bi-annual Lifetime Achievement Award a powerful and appealing tradition. The PrC, therefore, commits itself to sponsoring the prize for as long as possible. The PrC is dedicated to continue honoring those academics who made exceptional contributions to the advancement of knowledge on cross-sector collaborations for the social good in general and sustainable development specifically. Our hope for the Boston Symposium is to encourage and empower young minds to build on Jim Austin’s [the first recipient of the LTA Award] and Sandra Waddock’s legacy to one day stand on their strong shoulders and progress even further their contributions. The sculpture that accompanies the award is a testimony of our acknowledgement that science also has to be a collaborative effort.”

The award is associated with a monetary contribution of $1,000, covered by the award’s sponsor PrC, which will be donated to the recipient’s charity of choice. The charity of choice of Prof. Waddock is: The Pine Street Inn, a Metro-Boston institution that has been helping homeless people since 1969, providing food, shelter, outreach and permanent supportive housing. Lyndia Downie, president and executive director of Pine Street said: “Pine Street Inn is very honored to have been chosen for this award. This donation will be used to support Boston’s most vulnerable men and women in reaching their highest possible level of self-sufficiency,” she added.

“Collaboration research inherently involves dealing with what are called wicked problems--intractable, complex, and indeterminate problems for which different stakeholders have different definitions--and, importantly, different proposed solutions. Coming to resolution and making progress on such wicked problems, if it is to be done well, demands multi-sector collaboration. That is why the progress that the field has made is so important.”

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