Through Indigenous Lenses: Cross-Sector Collaborations with Fringe Stakeholders

Matthew Murphy, Daniel Arenas

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This article argues that considering cross-sector collaborations through the lens of indigenous-corporate engagements yields a more comprehensive understanding of the range of cross-sector engagement types, emphasizes the importance of cross-cultural bridge building which has received little attention in the literature (Selsky and Parker, J Manag 31(6):849-873, 2005), and highlights the potential for innovation via collaborations with fringe stakeholders. The study offers a more overarching typology of cross-sector collaborations and, building on an ethical approach to sustainable development with indigenous peoples (Lertzman and Vredenburg, J Bus Ethics 56:239-254, 2005), proposes a theoretical framework for cross-cultural bridge building between businesses and fringe stakeholders. By incorporating this framework into the literature on value creation in cross-sector collaborations, we suggest a model for value creation in cross-sector collaborations with fringe stakeholders. Finally, using case studies to illustrate the article's theoretical arguments, we demonstrate the model's usefulness for the analysis and development of indigenous-corporate collaborations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-121
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Fringe stakeholders
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships


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