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Dancing with the enemy: Confronting governance challenges in international corporate citizenship partnerships in education

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This paper reviews the organizational choices and governance challenges faced by Microsoft Corporation’s public private partnerships through its flagship ‘Partners in Learning’ (PiL) program. The choices made by Microsoft regarding who to partner with and how to organize partnerships at the public-private interface will be reviewed. In addition, governance issues - resource contributions of different partners (expertise, access, legitimacy and resources) and main partnering concerns (costs, knowledge appropriation, resource diversion and reputation) – will also be studied. The paper draws from the business literature on corporate social responsibility (Martin 2002), the theory of international firm (Zaheer 1995), private inter-firm alliance (Williamson, 1985, Oxley & Sampson, 2004; Oxley & Wada, 2009) and public private partnerships (de Bettingnies and Ross, 2004; Martimort and Pouyet, 2008).

An interesting observations emerging from in-depth studies in Jordan and South Africa was that the delivery of services was achieved by Microsoft via distinctly different hybrid organizations or partnerships in the two locations. In addition Microsoft leveraged different partner contributions and used different strategies to mitigate partnering concerns within different political and institutional contexts despite the fact that Microsoft’s motivations and goals are very similar in the two countries (Bhanji, 2009). Findings will also be presented on how different organizational and governance mechanisms in public/private/NGO partnerships can align the incentives of participants and reduce conflicts to effectively and efficiently deliver public goods in different institutional contexts in education. Implications for the education sector will be reviewed and recommendations to guide PPPs in education will also be shared.

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Public-Private Partnerships, Governance
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Bhanji, Zahra. and Oxley, Joanne. "Dancing with the enemy: Confronting governance challenges in international corporate citizenship partnerships in education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493471_index.html>

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Bhanji, Z. and Oxley, J. "Dancing with the enemy: Confronting governance challenges in international corporate citizenship partnerships in education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493471_index.html

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Abstract: This paper reviews the organizational choices and governance challenges faced by Microsoft Corporation’s public private partnerships through its flagship ‘Partners in Learning’ (PiL) program. The choices made by Microsoft regarding who to partner with and how to organize partnerships at the public-private interface will be reviewed. In addition, governance issues - resource contributions of different partners (expertise, access, legitimacy and resources) and main partnering concerns (costs, knowledge appropriation, resource diversion and reputation) – will also be studied. The paper draws from the business literature on corporate social responsibility (Martin 2002), the theory of international firm (Zaheer 1995), private inter-firm alliance (Williamson, 1985, Oxley & Sampson, 2004; Oxley & Wada, 2009) and public private partnerships (de Bettingnies and Ross, 2004; Martimort and Pouyet, 2008).

An interesting observations emerging from in-depth studies in Jordan and South Africa was that the delivery of services was achieved by Microsoft via distinctly different hybrid organizations or partnerships in the two locations. In addition Microsoft leveraged different partner contributions and used different strategies to mitigate partnering concerns within different political and institutional contexts despite the fact that Microsoft’s motivations and goals are very similar in the two countries (Bhanji, 2009). Findings will also be presented on how different organizational and governance mechanisms in public/private/NGO partnerships can align the incentives of participants and reduce conflicts to effectively and efficiently deliver public goods in different institutional contexts in education. Implications for the education sector will be reviewed and recommendations to guide PPPs in education will also be shared.


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