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Fannie Couture

Fannie Couture

BSW McG; M.Sc HEC Montreal
PhD Candidate

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Fannie Couture is a PhD candidate in the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School. After 7 years as a non-profit project manager, she decided to do a master’s degree in business strategy at HEC Montreal, Canada. While completing this degree she decided to pursue an academic career. Fannie moved to Sydney in March 2017 after being awarded the Business School Research Scholarship. Her research interests revolve around understanding how organizations respond to complex strategic issues transcending organizational boundaries.


Thesis working title

Tackling Grand Challenges Through Multi-Sectoral Collaborations

Fannie’s thesis is focusing on understanding how organizations respond to complex strategic issues transcending organizational boundaries. Managing the implications of such ‘wicked problems’ are increasingly critical for firms and their leaders. Examples of such challenges include food, water and energy security; climate change (Lê, 2013); political instability and terrorism; disaster and environmental resilience; poverty and inequality; etc. The sheer magnitude and scope of these issues mean that organizations often form meta-organisational collaborative arrangements to address these problems innovatively.

Fannie’s research focuses on one such arrangement: a cross-industry partnership involving NGOs, mining firms, an agriculture consortium, government regulatory bodies, universities and a consultancy firm, that is seeking to monitor and report the cumulative impact of the human footprint on an Australian water system. This Basin is of critical strategic importance to the region, including the organizations involved. Fannie focuses particularly on how members of this cross-industry collaboration delimit, manage and strategize around meta-problems while simultaneously attempting to build trust, facilitate collaboration between partners and learn from both successes and failures. This research project is designed to produce clear and inspiring insight into the practices and processes through which cross-industry groups learn about and attempt to tackle wicked problems.

Supervisors: Jane Lê, David Oliver

2018

5
Conference Paper/s

Cloutier C and Couture F 2018 Forthcoming 'The Architecture of Hard and Soft Influence: Meta-Organizations and the Transformation of Institutional Fields', 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM), Chicago, United States, 14th August 2018

Couture F and Le JK 2018 'Negotiating Meta-Problems through Commensuration: The Case of Multi-Sectoral Strategizing', 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Tannin, Estonia, Estonia, 7th July 2018

2017

4
Journal Article/s

Cloutier C and Couture F 2017 'Growing Pains at Santropol Roulant', The International Journal of Case Studies in Management, vol.15:3 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cloutier C and Couture F 2017 'Social-Symbolic Work of Meta-Organizations and the Transformation of Institutional Fields', Paper presented at the 9th International Process Symposium (PROS) 2017, Kos, Greece, 24th June 2017