19 September 2014

'Public-Private Governance, Social Value and Innovative Organizational Design' Conference

  • The Society and Organizations Research Centre at HEC Paris and Imperial College Business School are very pleased to announce a one-day workshop on Public-Private Governance, Social Value and Innovative Organizational Design that is a Strategic Management Society (SMS) Extension Workshop.
  • When: 19/09/2014
  • Where: L’Hôtel Particulier Eurosites - Paris, France
  • Contact us:



Bertrand Quélin
HEC Paris 

Ilze Kivleniece
Imperial College London 


Society and Organizations Research Centre

HEC Paris

Imperial College Business School

The aim of this workshop is to bring together strategy and organization science scholars working on research areas that address an increasingly diverse set of economic interactions taking place between firms and public or socially oriented organizations. The spectrum of themes covered in the workshop include the emergence and performance of novel boundary spanning organizational arrangements and structures between public and private sectors, such as public private partnerships, collaborative arrangements and social ventures, and their implications in terms of firm performance, as well as broader social value and public welfare.
In terms of theoretical domains, it aims to draw together and cross-fertilize on the burgeoning set of studies that exist, albeit, quite separately, on public-private interaction from the perspectives of institutional environment and political strategy, contractual and firm boundary theory, public entrepreneurship, as well as innovation and social value perspectives.
Some of the research questions that this workshop aims to address are:

  • How does changing social context and demands for increasing corporate social engagement affect organizational design and appearance of new, multi-layer, multi-actor relationships?
  • What are the determinants that explain the emergence and rise of novel organizational forms that fuse and cross the well-established public and private sector boundaries?
  • How are these new forms of organizations designed or structured?
  • Are these novel organizational forms always value creating? Under which conditions do they impose additional costs or welfare losses to both private and broader society?
  • What kind of value sharing mechanisms are embedded or put in place in these new boundary-spanning organizations to respond to broader social needs, and public, as opposed to merely private, value creation imperatives?

This will be a one day workshop with a dinner for the participants on the evening prior to the workshop (September 18, 2014).


A registration fee of US$ 105 per participant will be charged to cover expenses. Please note, SMS members will receive a $20 reduction. Online registration will open in mid-April through the SMS website.