Chowdhury (2020, p.4) defines noncooperative space as a “highly restrictive, disadvantageous, or even harmful” social location resulting from institutional arrangements that constrain individuals’ capacity to utilize their real potential and skills in pursuing entrepreneurial initiatives. The hostility of noncooperative spaces arises from powerful actors’ actions to thwart cooperation among individuals.
However, can the concept of ‘noncooperative space’ be extended to contexts beyond entrepreneurship, such as marginalized stakeholders’ participation in organic financial activism, combating climatic change and creating a more inclusive academia? Can ‘noncooperative space’ help scholars and practitioners to reimagine problems affecting business and society, and advance novel solutions in pursuit of sustainable development goals?
The Forum seeks to address and explore the above-stated issues and facilitate the envisioning of alternative ways for achieving social justice, racial equality and more equitable socio-economic growth underpinning the sustainable development agenda.
References: Chowdhury, R. (2020), The Mobilization of Noncooperative Spaces: Reflections from Rohingya Refugee Camps. Journal of Management Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12612
Rashedur Chowdhury (PhD), Associate Professor at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, and a Batten Fellow at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA)
Paul J. Ennis (PhD), Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems in the College of Business
Penelope Muzanenhamo (PhD), Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Business in Africa and the Africa lead within the Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS), UCD College of Business
Welcome Note: Donna Marshall (PhD), Vice-Principal of Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD College of Business, Co-Director, UCD Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS), President, International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
Chair: Colm McLaughlin (PhD), Professor, Co-Director UCD Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS), UCD College of Business, UN Principles for Responsible Management Coordinator, UCD College of Business
UCD College of Business,