Collaboration Processes: Inside the Black Box

Authors


Ann Marie Thomson is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University–Bloomington.
E-mail:thomsona@indiana.edu.

James L. Perry is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
E-mail:perry@iupui.edu.

Abstract

Social science research contains a wealth of knowledge for people seeking to understand collaboration processes. The authors argue that public managers should look inside the “black box” of collaboration processes. Inside, they will find a complex construct of five variable dimensions: governance, administration, organizational autonomy, mutuality, and norms. Public managers must know these five dimensions and manage them intentionally in order to collaborate effectively.

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