Local cross-sector partnerships tackling the challenges collaboratively

Ben Cairns*, Margaret Harris

*Corresponding author for this work

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We focus in this article on the challenges local governmental (municipal) and third-sector (nonprofit) organizations face when they seek to work collaboratively or in partnership. We build on the findings of an action research project to draw out the practical implications of cross-sector working for the organizations involved. We describe jointly agreed suggestions for tackling the challenges that emerged when third-sector organizations and local governmental agencies themselves worked collaboratively in a search for mutually acceptable solutions. Finally, we draw out learning points on cross-sector working for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number3
Early online date15 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cairns, B., & Harris, M. (2011). Local cross-sector partnerships tackling the challenges collaboratively. Nonprofit management and leadership, 21(3), 311-324. , which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nml.20027. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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