Chapter 29Becoming and Being an Effective Collaborator

Rosemary O'Leary

The focus of this chapter is the skill set of effective collaborators. I define collaboration as the process of facilitating and operating in multiorganizational arrangements to solve problems that cannot be easily solved by single organizations (Agranoff & McGuire 2003). Collaboration can include the public.

Becoming and being an effective collaborator is highly relevant to today's public managers for a number of reasons. Many public challenges are larger than one organization, requiring new approaches to addressing policy and administrative issues. The desire to improve the effectiveness and performance of programs is encouraging public and nonprofit leaders, in particular, ...

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