Competence Centers



The current research projects of the Center for Innovation & Partnerships relate to three main topics: ecosystems for scaling digital solutions, organizing innovation in bureaucratic organizations, and global partnerships across sectors.

Future topics include bias and ethics in socially oriented Artificial Intelligence projects, uncovering the tensions of innovations spinning out of the UN, and a strong focus on the intersection of partnerships, innovation, and ecosystems for solving the SDGs.

Discover current research projects
  • Canova, L., Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T. (2021). An Evolutionary Process Model for Innovation Microstructures. (Working Paper)
  • Tatarinov, K., Very, M., Ambos, T., Puranam, P. (2021). Biases and Social Venture Funds: What can the Private Sector Learn? (Working Paper)
  • Faul, M. V. and O. E. Welply. Practices of multistakeholder partnerships: An institutional logics approach (Working paper).
  • Faul, M. V. and J. Tchilingirian. Opening up or locking in? Multistakeholder global governance and the structuring of spaces between fields. (Working paper) 
  • Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T., Birkinshaw, J. (2021). The Relational Value of Innovation Units. (Working paper) 



  • Tippmann, E., Ambos, T. C., Del Giudice, M., Monaghan, S., & Ringov, D. (2023). Scale-ups and scaling in an international business context. Journal of World Business58(1), 101397. 
  • Stadtler, L., & Karakulak, Ö. (2022). The Targeted “Solution” in the Spotlight: How a Product Focus Influences Collective Action Within and Beyond Cross-Sector Partnerships. Business & Society61(3), 606–648.
  • Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T. C., & Tschang, F. T. (2022). Scaling digital solutions for wicked problems: Ecosystem versatility. Journal of International Business Studies, 1-26.
  • Faul, M. V., Tchilingirian, J. S. (2021). Private sector representation, contribution and potential influence in global financing partnerships. Development in Practice, 1-13. 
  • Stadtler, L., Karakulak, O. (2021) The Targeted Solution in the Spotlight: How a Product Focus Influence Collective-Action Within and Beyond Cross-Sector Partnerships. Business & Society, online first 
  • Faul, M. V., J. S. Tchilingirian. (2021) Multistakeholder global governance: Structuring spaces between fields. New Political Economy. doi: 10.1080/13563467.2020.184908
  • Ambos, T., & Zimmermann, A. (2020). Managing interrelated tensions in headquarters–subsidiary relationships: The case of a multinational hybrid organization. Journal of International Business Studies, 51 (6), 906-932. 
  • Faul, M. V., Tchilingirian, J. S. (2020). Structuring the Interstitial Space of Global Financing Partnerships for Sustainable Development: A Network Analysis. New Political Economy
Discover previous research
  • Stadtler, L., Karakulak, O. (2020) Broker Organizations to Facilitate Cross-Sector Collaboration: At the Crossroad of Strengthening and Weakining Effects. Public Administration Review, 80(3): 360-380. 
  • O'Brien, D., Sharkey Scott, P., Andersson, U., Ambos, T., & Fu, N. (2019). The microfoundations of subsidiary initiatives: how subsidiary-manager activities unlock entrepreneurship. Global Strategy Journal, 9 (1), 66-91.
  • Oliver, K. and Faul, M. V. (2018) 'Editorial' for Special Issue of Evidence and Policy: Networks and network analysis in evidence, policy and practice.
  • Oliver, K., Faul, M. V. (2018) Networks and network analysis in evidence, policy and practice. Evidence and Policy 14(3): 1-11.
  • Ambos, T., Ambos, B., Eich, K. J., & Puck, J. (2016). Imbalance and Isolation: How Team Configurations Affect Global Knowledge Sharing. Journal of International Management, 22 (4), 316-332. doi:10.1016/j.intman.2016.03.005.
  • Faul, M. V. (2016) Why Networks Are Hierarchical, Not Flat; and What To Do About It. Global Policy Journal. 7(2): 185-197.
  • Stadtler, L. (2016a) Scrutinizing Public-Private Partnerships for Development: Towards a Broad Evaluation Conception. Journal of Business Ethics, 135(1), 71-86.
  • Stadtler, L. (2016b) Scaling up Tripartite Social Partnerships – Insights from the Becoming Perspective of Change. Journal of Corporate Citizenship
  • Stadtler, L., Van Wassenhove, L. (2016) Coopetition as a Paradox: Integrative Approaches in a Multi-Company, Cross-Sector Partnership. Organization Studies, 37(5), 655-685.
  • Stadtler, L. (2015) Designing Public-Private Partnerships for Development. Business & Society, 54(3), 406-421.
  • Strutzenberger, A., & Ambos, T. (2014). Unraveling the Subsidiary Initiative Process: A Multilevel Approach. International Journal of Management Reviews, 16 (3), 314-339. doi:10.1111/ijmr.12022.
  • Faul, M. V. (2014) Future-imperfect: How Future Global Education Goals May Be Constrained By Contemporary Policy Practices. International Journal of Education and Development: 39: 12-22.
  • Ambos, T., Nell, P., & Pedersen, T. (2013). Combining Stocks and Flows of Knowledge: The Effects of Intra-Functional and Cross-Functional Complementarity. Global Strategy Journal, 3 (4), 283-299. doi:10.1111/j.2042-5805.2013.01063.x
  • Stadtler, L. (2012) Designing Public-Private Partnerships for Development. M@n@gement, 15(1), 77-100.
  • Stapleton, O., Stadtler, L., Van Wassenhove, L. (2012) Private-Humanitarian Supply Chain Partnerships on the Silk Road. In: Haksoz, C.; Seshadri, S.; Iyer, A.V.: Managing Supply Chains on the Silk Road: Strategy, Performance, and Risk. New York: Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 217-238.
  • Stadtler, L., Probst, G. (2012) How Broker Organizations Can Facilitate Public-Private Partnerships For Development. European Management Journal, 30(1), 32-46.
  • Stadtler, L. (2011) Aligning a Company’s Social and Economic Interests in Partnerships for Development. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 44, 85-106.
  • Stadtler, L. (2010) Managing Across Corporate Boundaries: Public-Private Partnerships. In: Stadtler, L.; Schmitt, A.; Klarner, P.; Straub, T. (Eds.): More than Bricks in the Wall: Organizational Perspectives for Sustainable Success. Wiesbaden: Gabler, pp.170-179.
  • Ambos, T., Andersson, U., & Birkinshaw, J. (2010). What are the consequences of initiative-taking in multinational subsidiaries? Journal of International Business Studies, 41, 1099-1118. doi:10.1057/jibs.2010.19.
  • Ambos, T., & Birkinshaw, J. (2010). How do new ventures evolve? an inductive study of archetype changes in science-based ventures. Organization Science, 21 (6), 1125-1140. doi:10.1287/orsc.1090.0504



  • Chyba, K., Tatarinov, K. & Ambos, T. (2023) The United Nations' Innovation Learning Journey. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Find it here
  • Casajús-Burutaran, A., Ambos, T.  & Probst, G. (2023) Do You Have a Corporate Philanthropy Strategy?. MIT Sloan Management Review Find it here
  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2022) The innovation movement for UN Leaders: Connecting research and practice. In "The Art of Leadership in the United Nations". Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation Find it here
  • Tatarinov, K. (2022) Managing, Structuring, and Scaling Innovation in International Organizations. AIB Insights Find it here
  • McLachlin, R., Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T. C. & Puranam, P. (2022) Creating People-centric International Organizations with AI. INSEAD Knowledge Find it here
  • Andonova, L.B., Faul, M.V., & Piselli, D. (2022). Partnerships for Sustainability in Contemporary Global Governance: Pathways to Effectiveness (1st ed.). Routledge. Find it here
  • Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T. C. (2022) Innovation for Impact: An International Business Perspective on Transforming the United Nations. AIB Insights Find it here
  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2021) Innovation Projects can Reinvent The UN. Journal of Management Studies Blog post Find it here
  • Canova, L., Straub, T., Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2021) Mapping the Humanitarian Transformation. GSEM Find it here
  • McLachlin, R., Tatarinov, K., Ambos, T., Puranam, P. (2021) Embracing the New Frontier: Artificial Intelligence Initiatives in International Organizations. GSEM Find it here
  • Klarner, P., Probst, G., Kircher, M., Schmitt, A. (2020) Corporate Governance 4.0: The forward-looking board of directors. By Deloitte & Swiss Board Institute, Geneva En francais | In English
  • Probst, Tushman, Schmitt (2020) The Role of a Board Chair During A Crisis. MIT Sloan Management Review Find it here
  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2019) Seed, scale, structure: How International Organizations Shape Innovation. GSEM Find it here | Go to video
  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K., Milligan, K. (2018) Inititaitves with impact: Unleashing bottom-up innovation in International Organizations. GSEM Find it here | Go to video
  • Faul, M. V. (2016) Partnerships, Power and the SDGs. Background Paper for UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) 2016 Flagship Report. Geneva: UNRISD Find it here
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