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2015. Large Scale Change Action Research

Waddell, S., McLachlan, M., Meszoely, G., & Waddock, S. ( 2015). Large Scale Change Action Research. In H. Bradbury (Ed.), Action Research Handbook (pp. 538-548): Sage.

Action researchers addressing change are often confronted by two key problems. One is that the issue they are addressing, even if apparently local, is often heavily influenced by larger systems within which the issue is embedded. Working to solve a problem at a neighborhood or local community level inevitably hits up against the structures and decision-making processes that the community might believe are beyond its capacity to influence. We refer to this as the embedded system issue. Some action researchers start with a large scale in mind, but the second problem for many is that adequately expanding the focus to systems of such scale and with such an array of actors and geographies create a perception that the task is beyond the scope of action research approaches. We call this the methodology for scale issue. In our chapter we illustrate and develop a framework for understanding and addressing these action research issues using two cases. We conclude by proposing seven guidance notes for scalable action researchers who want to address these issues.

2013. 2014. Social partnerships’ development challenge: Comprehensive self-development

Social partnerships’ development challenge:  Comprehensive self-development. In M. Seitanidi & A. Crane (Eds.), Social partnerships and responsible business:  A research handbook (pp. 374-381). New York, NY, USA: Routledge. 2014.

This is a chapter in a collection by leading analysts who critically examine the motivations for, processes within, and expected and actual outcomes of cross-sector partnerships.  In opening up new theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives on cross-sector social interactions, this book reimagines partnerships in order to explore the potential to contribute to the social good. A multi-disciplinary perspective on partnerships adds serious value to the debate in a range of fields including management, politics, public management, sociology, development studies, and international relations.

The chapter looks at social partnerships through the lens of eight competencies that have been identified as key to effective social partnerships:  leadership, network development, measurement, change, communications, learning, advocacy, and resource mobilization.  Although many of the names of the competencies are similar to those for other types of organizations, the chapter explains their distinctive qualities for social partnerships in terms of skills, knowledge and attributes.

2011. 2011. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together

book cover-smallGlobal Action Networks: Creating our future together.  Part of the Bocconi (University) on Management Series.  Hampshire, UK.  Palgrave-Macmillan. 2011. Get Chapter 1 and Table of Contents here.  To order in the US/Canada go here. To order elsewhere go here.

Some comments about Global Action Networks:  Creating our future together:

"All the great challenges of our time, from climate change to poverty, require private actors to be part of the solution. The search is on to build and nurture effective collaborations so that individual actions become transformative movements within and across countries and regions. Steve Waddell is showing us what works and what doesn’t in the rapidly evolving world of Global Action Networks. This book is not only a superb analysis of the current state of affairs. It also shows pathways for a better future."– Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office.

"The concept of Global Action Networks is important for understanding a new, fascinating reality for different actors of governance addressing critical issues in the world. With this book Steve is making a valuable contribution to advancing both the concept and the practice of strengthening governance at every level."– Peter Eigen, Founder – Transparency International (TI) and Chairman – Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)


2009. 2011. Global Finance and the role of Responsible Investors: Real and potential

Responsilbe Investment cover“Global Finance and the role of Responsible Investors: Real and potential”. In Responsible Investment in Times of Turmoil. Eds: W. Vandekerckhove et al. Springer Publishers. 2011.  

The SRI phenomenon is said to be entering the mainstream of financial intermediation. From a fairly marginal practice promoted or campaigned for by NGO’s and at odds with financial practice and orthodoxy it grew into well formulated policy adopted by a wide range of investors. Academic literature on SRI has also boomed on the assumption that mainstreaming is taking place. However, little thinking has been carried out on questions specifically arising from this alleged ‘mainstreaming’. This book, addressed to those with a scholarly or practitioner’s interest in SRI, starts filling this neglected dimension.

The first chapter of this book by Steve Waddell describes the global financial system in terms of major institutions with maps.  It identifies the current role of responsible investors, and suggests options for them to enhance their influence. 

2007. Multi-stakeholder networks: emerging systems for the global common good

Multi-stakeholder networks: emerging systems for the global common good. Lead with Khagram, Sanjeev. Pp. 261-287 in Partnerships, Governance And Sustainable Development: Reflections on Theory and Practice, edited by P. Glasbergen, F. Biermann, and A. P. J. Mol. Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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