Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations

  • 4h 41m
  • Russell Linden
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2002

Working Across Boundaries is a practical guide for nonprofit and government professionals who want to learn the techniques and strategies of successful collaboration. Written by Russell M. Linden, one of the most widely recognized experts in organizational change, this no nonsense book shows how to make collaboration work in the real world. It offers practitioners a framework for developing collaborative relationships and shows them how to adopt strategies that have proven to be successful with a wide range of organizations. Filled with in-depth case studies— including a particularly challenging case in which police officers and social workers overcome the inherent differences in their cultures to help abused children— the book clearly shows how organizations have dealt with the hard issues of collaboration. Working Across Boundaries includes

  • Information on how to select potential partners
  • Guidelines for determining what kinds of projects lend themselves to collaboration and which do not
  • Suggestions on how to avoid common pitfalls of collaboration
  • Strategies proven to work consistently
  • The phases most collaborative projects go through
  • The nature of collaborative leadership

About the Author

Russell M. Linden is a management educator who specializes in organizational learning, performance, and change. He teaches at the Federal Executive Institute, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, and the Brookings Institution. His clients have included the National Geographic Society; the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Education; the National Institutes of Health; various intelligence and military agencies; the government of the Cayman Islands; two state attorneys general; and more than five dozen nonprofit, state, and local government agencies. He has also managed in the human services field. He is the author of three other books—one of which, Seamless Government, was translated into Chinese.

In this Book

  • Why Collaborate? and Why Now?
  • One Example of Collaboration that Makes a Difference
  • The Challenges of Successful Collaboration
  • A Framework for Collaboration
  • Getting the Basics Right
  • Forming Open, Trusting Relationships Among the Principals
  • Developing High Stakes
  • Creating a Constituency for Collaboration
  • Building Collaborative Leadership
  • Phases in the Collaboration Journey
  • More Keys to Successful Collaboration
  • Collaboration Within a Single Organization
  • Toward a Collaborative Culture
  • Resource A: Four Methods that Promote Collaboration
  • Resource B: Some Questions and Answers Concerning Collaboration
  • Resource C: Collaborative Assessment Tool
  • Resource D: The Research Base for this Book