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Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World by Russell M. Linden

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Dealing with Complex Challenges in a Networked World

If the good news is that there are many exciting examples of collaboration from which to learn and the bad news is that we have a very long way to go, the challenging news is that there is little choice anymore. “The 21st century will be the age of alliances,” predicts James Austin (2000, p. 1), who studies nonprofit-corporate partnerships. Goldsmith and Eggers (2004) write that “governance by network represents ... trends that are altering the shape of public sectors worldwide” in their insightful book Governing by Network (p. 9). Abramson, Breul, and Kamensky (2006) include networks and partnerships as one of “six trends transforming government.”
Why the huge emphasis on collaboration? ...

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