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Friday 20 October 2017

And why should the Devil have all the best collaborations?

'Rhodes (2000a) promotes the policy network approach and refers to governance as self-organising, inter-organisational networks exhibiting a number of shared characteristics including: an interdependence between organisations with shifting and opaque boundaries between public, private and voluntary sectors; constant interactions between network members driven by a need to exchange resources and/or negotiate shared purpose; game-like interactions, fuelled by trust; and, a degree of autonomy from the state. Importantly, these networks constitute a distinctive way of co-ordinating and a separate governing structure from markets and hierarchies.' (Working In Collaboration: Learning from Theory and Practice: Literature Review for the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare by Dr Paul Williams and Professor Helen Sullivan -- October 2007)
Take out the above references to the public, private and voluntary sectors and you could almost be describing criminal networks. This suggests that criminal networks could teach us a thing or two about effective collaboration.

And why should the Devil have all the best collaborations to himself?

Click here to read a little more.

(And read a lot more in my book Sleeping with the Enemy: 5th Edition). 

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