Collaborations and Partnerships

  1. Our work will not require many resources because it is research based. However, if we want to put out the highest quality research possible, we may have to pay for access to other research or private databases. If we aim for a higher quality documentary down the road, we may also want to invest in higher quality equipment and software. If our work requires more funding, there are several research grants that we could look into. The American Economic Association lists many different grants on its website, but many of them have specific parameters that our group does not meet. One grant with parameters that our group meets well is the Abe Fellowship. This requires research that fits under social, scientific, and cultural trends and transformations with a particular interest in the changing role of NGOs or how government roles foster innovation. It requires contemporary policy relevance, preferably in a comparative perspective. The grant is designed to support an individual researcher, but it could be dispensed to a group. The Institute for New Economic Thinking also offers similar grants specifically for research. They have many different grants they offer that we could apply for.
  2. The most important partnerships for our group to acquire are partnerships that will give us validity and attention. Two strong ways of gaining this would be through partnering with well known schools with an interest in this law or partnering with journals and publications with strong reputations in India. Vikramaditya Khanna from the University of Michigan Law School and Dhammika Dharmapala from the University of Chicago Law School have published research about this law and its effectiveness. We could appeal to them to see if they have an interest in continued study or with any of our findings that may offer a new perspective on their research. Both of these schools have well known names that would give our research the credibility we desire if we partnered with them. University of Michigan is a large school, and the circulation of its research could span wide. The more well known our research becomes, the more influential it can be.  Wharton at UPenn has also conducted research on corporate social responsbility in India. We have noticed that business schools take a particular interest in whether or not engaging in corporate social responsibility offers a competetive advantage to companies.We can appeal to business schools that have an interest in research in India, but we can also appeal to management behavior academics who are interested in this subject. This is where our presence in India offers a unique perspective that may be harder to gather from hard data. We may be able to observe how the dynamcis between corporations and nonprofits offer corporations a competetive advantage first-hand in ways that cannot be understood without in depth qualitative research. There are several Journals that may have an interest in spreading our research. The Journal of Business Ethics may be interested in our research because of the new ethical questions that arise out of this law. Suddenly there are questions of how a corporation spreads its money when it has a legal obligation to do so. There are the questions of whether a corporation has more of an obligation to its local people or to nonprofits that will have the highest results. These are all areas that our research may not directly address, but certainly opens up. Our research will involve the question of whether a corporation should give funds to a nonprofit that it knows will be successful or a nonprofit that really needs the funds in order to get going and be successful, but corporations cannot be sure will be successful yet. The International Journal of Economics and Management would also be a strong partnership for our team. There has been a trend in combining these two fields with microfinance and impact investing, and this is another area that could be of interest to this journal. Indian Management magazine is also a very strong option for us. Getting published in a magazine is an ideal path for our group because it would take less time than getting published in an academic journal and it would probably be more heavily circulated to our target audience. We want non-academics to take our research and apply it to their situations, and they may not be going out of their way to look into what the academic sphere has to say about their practices. Indian corporations are much more likely to look at a management magazine and find our research than they are to look at an academic article published in an American academic journal.