Dynamics of Interorganisational Collaborative Relationships
Schruijer, Sandra (editor)
In all spheres of life, relationships among public and private organizations are built in order to deal with complex societal problems and to address economic challenges that cannot be dealt with by single organizations. Because of the interdependencies, interorganizational collaboration is essential, yet working across organizational boundaries is far from simple. It involves a multitude of different organizations, each having its own interests, perspectives, and identities while also varying in power and size. Further, the societal problems that are dealt with are often severe. This volume focuses on the relational complexities of interorganizational collaboration, captured by the term dynamics, referring to: (a) the social and psychological processes that occur when organizations and their representatives interact to engage in cross-boundary or collaborative work (e.g., trust and distrust, intergroup stereotyping and conflict, conflict avoidance, inclusion and exclusion of stakeholders, power dynamics), as well as (b) the development of these processes over time, in view of external and internal events and/or as a consequence of deliberate interventions to enhance collaborative success. The perspective put forward is largely psychological and sociological, both in terms of understanding the group and intergroup processes as well as efforts to intervene to develop collaborative relationships, based on action research and an organizational development approach.
Keywordscollaboration; conflict; participation; multiparty systems; group dynamics; multilevel analysis; dynamics; boundaries; change; co-evolution; meta-organization; partnership; institutional environment; composition; membership; healthcare; cross-sector partnerships; institutional fields; issue field; power sources; power strategies; integrated care; emotions; emotional labor; cross-boundary collaboration; care professional; patient; client; people with multiple complex problems; health and social care; social networks; trust; centrality; relational approach; inter-organizational collaboration; multi-actor governance; complexity leadership theory; landfill mining; leadership; integration; shared purpose; accountability; n/a
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Publication date and placeBasel, Switzerland, 2020