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Common Interest, Common Good: Creating Value Through Business and Social Sector Partnerships Hardcover – December 15, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0875848488 ISBN-10: 0875848486

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (December 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875848486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875848488
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now we are getting somewhere. Another book on the importance of developing business/nonprofit partnerships is about to hit the bookstores. What makes this book special is not necessarily the content, although it is a fine addition to the literature of the field. Instead, it should spark the greatest interest because of the building from which many of these ideas emerged: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave." -- Corporate Philanthropy Report, October 1999

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"Every successful businessperson knows that public and private partnerships are as critical to the bottom line as they are to the greater good. With its step-by-step approach to integrating business and nonprofit objectives, Common Interest, Common Good is an indispensable tool for business and public-sector leaders alike."
--Gerald Greenwald, Chairman Emeritus, United Airlines Corporation

"Common Interest, Common Good moves the subject of business and social sector partnerships from the bully pulpit to the boardroom. With vivid examples and practical advice, Sagawa and Segal provide business and nonprofit leaders with a much-needed guide to forging successful partnerships. This is the right book at the right time."
--Fred Grandy, CEO, Goodwill Industries International

"Common Interest, Common Good is a much-needed exploration of the burgeoning field of business and social sector partnerships. Leaders in business, government, and nonprofits have much to learn from Sagawa and Segal's sharp insights and practical examples."
--Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management

"Sagawa and Segal have accomplished a rare feat with Common Interest, Common Good: They've created a book that is at once greatly inspiring, carefully reasoned, and immensely practical. Corporate and nonprofit leaders will agree that this book is a welcome addition to the literature on private initiatives for the common good."
--J. Gregory Dees, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service, Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Just think what I could have accomplished!
Arthur J. Baer
You can add some corporate executives to your nonprofit board who will understand companies to help you make these connections.
Donald Mitchell
The book jacket illustration, a handshake shaped like a heart, really says it all!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Every company I know is interested in getting and providing a great deal. Every nonprofit I know is committed to the greater welfare of the society. But almost no companies and nonprofits know how to link together to multiply their effectiveness in achieving their purposes.
This book provides outstanding examples and a superb template for creating partnerships of great value for all involved: companies, their employees, nonprofits, and the communities that everyone serves. Based on the examples in this book, it looks like the benefits can easily be 20 to 1 in the near term from the time and money invested. That kind of return is hard to find in business, philanthropy, or social entrepreneurship. The reason it happens is that the company can add value that the nonprofit cannot, and vice versa. The strategic partnership is not unlike the strategic alliances that companies create all the time with comapnies that offer unique strategic capabilities.
The reason these benefit are so large (and growing) is because customers and employees are ever more responsive to promoting a social cause, companies are getting better at partnering with outside organizations, and the expertise of nonprofits is growing.
Businesses can gain by getting low-cost recognition from customers that will increase sales, obtaining low-cost resources, making work more meaningful to employees (helping to retain them), attracting employees more easily, and learning how cause-based leadership can transform an organization. When you look at it from a dollar and cents point of view, these partnerships would pass any accounting test you want to use. Not to seek out these partnerships is to waste potential for growth and profits in your company.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Mankiewicz, Vice Chairman, Hill and Knowlton on February 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'd strongly recommend this book both to corporate executives looking to improve corporate image and morale and to non-profit leaders seeking new funding mechanisms. Although the hokey title evokes past clichés like "doing good by doing well," the book is actually a practical, hard-headed approach to making companies run better by working with non-profits -- either through straight philanthropy, employee volunteer efforts, or joint ventures.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Swartz, President and CEO, Timberland on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Common Interest, Common Good represents powerful thinking that has already withstood many challenges and overcome many barriers. Corporate executives will benefit greatly from the book's clear and cogent lessons on the benefits of corporate/social sector partnership. This book is proof that goodness can endure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur J. Baer on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a former corporate executive and a former member of the boards of directors of several non-profits, I can only wish this book could have been available years ago. Just think what I could have accomplished! I certainly recommend it for people in similar positions now.
In contrast to so many business oriented books, this one is engagingly written and eminently readable
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