Partnership and Collaboration

Lecturer: Professor Vivien Lowndes


Inter-organisational collaboration is of increasing importance in public service and government. In this module, students will study the theories behind contemporary partnership and collaboration and gain the critical skills required for the successful development and maintenance of effective partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

  • Understand the key drivers of collaborative and partnership working
  • Analyse the benefits of collaborative and partnership strategies, from the perspectives of political science, sociology, political economy and strategic management
  • Identify the attitudes, behaviours and organisational cultures which both expedite and hinder collaborative and partnership strategies
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct a joined-up approach to collaborative and partnership strategy which is outcome-driven and produces public value
  • Appraise the models available for mapping and measuring the impacts of collaborative and partnership strategies in a systematic evaluative framework
  • Appraise the impact of collaborative and partnership strategies on different stakeholder groups and the implications for engaging these groups in partnership working

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