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) 



  • 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
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. 

  • Faul, M. V., Tchilingirian, J. S. (2020). Structuring the Interstitial Space of Global Financing Partnerships for Sustainable Development: A Network Analysis. New Political Economy, 1-18.

  • Oliver, K., Faul, M. V. (2018) Networks and network analysis in evidence, policy and practice. Evidence and Policy 14(3): 1-11.
  • 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 (forthcoming).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2021) Innovation Movement: Leadership now. GSEM Find it here | Go to video
  • 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
  • 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


  • Ambos, T., Tatarinov, K. (2021) Innovation Projects can Reinvent The UN. Journal of Management Studies Blog post. Find it here
  • Probst, Tushman, Schmitt (2020) The Role of a Board Chair During A Crisis. MIT Sloan Management Review Find it here
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