Stephan Manning currently works as Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. After receiving a PhD degree from the School of Business and Economics at Free University Berlin, and before moving to Boston, Stephan worked as Research Associate for the International Offshoring Research Network (ORN) at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Stephan's main research interests include: global services sourcing and regional knowledge services clusters; sustainable development and sustainability standards, and coordination of project-based relationships and networks. Stephan has published in major academic journals in his field, such as Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, and Organization Studies. He has done field research in various countries, e.g. Germany, the U.S., Romania, China, and Kenya; and industries, e.g. film production, the automotive industry, the coffee industry, and global business services.
Impact sourcing is a promising means to enhance employment and training opportunities for the poor and underprivileged.
Public private partnerships (PPPs) have become important means to pursue complex development goals, such as sustainability and food security. Recent examples include the German Initiative for Agribusiness and Food Security (GIAF) and the African Cashew Initiative (ACi).
Global networks of Public Private Partnerships’ successes in promoting sustainable food production cannot be ignored. Through long-term commitments, they advantaged project-based learning, the up-scaling of local capabilities and knowledge transfers.