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Collaborative service arrangements


  • Peter J. May
  • Søren C. Winter


While much of prior research on collaboration addresses the service delivery network as a whole, we address collaborative relationships between one type of organization--municipal employment services--and a range of governmental and non-governmental partners for employment services in Denmark. Municipalities differ in the type, degree, and character of collaboration with these partners. As others have found in prior research, we find that organizational benefits, trust, and a variety of contextual factors help shape the extent of collaboration. But, the relevance of these and problem-solving benefits in particular differs among collaborators. Our modeling of the influence of collaboration on perceived employment outcomes suggests that these impacts are relatively minor. They are greater when there is active involvement of municipal employment managers in fostering cooperative relationships with collaborators. In short, collaboration requires a healthy and active relationship to foster improved outcomes. These findings have implications for future research about collaborative service delivery concerning the measurement of collaboration, different bases for it, and potential impacts.

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  • Peter J. May & Søren C. Winter, 2007. "Collaborative service arrangements," Public Management Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(4), pages 479-502, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmgr:v:9:y:2007:i:4:p:479-502
    DOI: 10.1080/14719030701726473

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    1. Maddalena Sorrentino & Massimo Simonetta, 2013. "Incentivising inter-municipal collaboration: the Lombard experience," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 17(4), pages 887-906, November.
    2. Maddalena SORRENTINO & Marco DE MARCO, 2012. "Managing paradoxes in public partnerships," Departmental Working Papers 2012-05, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.

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