Governing cross-sector, inter-organizational collaborations

Vangen, Siv; Hayes, John Paul and Cornforth, Chris (2015). Governing cross-sector, inter-organizational collaborations. Public Management Review, 17(9) pp. 1237–1260.



This article addresses the governance of cross-sector, inter-organizational collaboration in the context of public administration and management. It conceptualizes the governance of collaborations in terms of structures and processes that enable actors to direct, coordinate and allocate resources for the collaboration as a whole and to account for its activities. It argues that the need to pay attention to considerations of ‘collaborative governance’ and ‘governing collaboration’ in cross-sector collaborations gives rise to a number of challenges and tensions that need to be addressed if the governance form is to be sustained and the collaboration is to yield advantage.

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