Collaboration Processes: Inside the Black Box

Source: Ann Marie Thompson and James L. Perry, Public Administration Review, December 2006, Vol. 66 supplement

Social science literature contains a remarkable wealth of information that can enhance our understanding of collaborative management. Drawing on these findings, the authors conceptualize a complex construct of five variable dimensions: governance, administration, organizational autonomy, mutuality, and norms. The authors explore these five dimensions of collaboration, arguing that public managers must not only understand each one thoroughly but also manage them simultaneously.

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