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Collaborating across sector boundaries: a story of tensions and dilemmas

Jacklin-Jarvis, Carol (2015). Collaborating across sector boundaries: a story of tensions and dilemmas. Voluntary Sector Review, 6(3) pp. 285–302.

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This paper explores collaboration between voluntary and public sectors, through the lens of theories which surface the tensions of inter-organisational collaboration. These theories identify the tensions which actors experience, the inherent tensions which underlie these experiences, and the ways in which actors manage these tensions. Drawing on a study of the UK's children's services, the paper identifies three inter-related tensions experienced by voluntary sector participants - tensions between agency and dependency, values and pragmatism, and distinctiveness and incorporation. While these can be seen to relate to the inherent unity/diversity tension identified in the literature (Ospina and Saz-Carranza, 2010), the paper argues that these also relate to inter-organisational context, and more specifically, to the power asymmetry between sectors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Policy Press
ISSN: 2040-8064
Extra Information: 18 pp.
Keywords: children’s services; cross-sector collaboration; tensions
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 44782
Depositing User: Carol Jacklin-Jarvis
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 12:20
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