Collaborative partnerships

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Collaborative partnerships are agreements and actions made by consenting organizations to share resources to accomplish a mutual goal. Collaborative partnerships rely on participation by at least two parties who agree to share resources, such as finances, knowledge, and people. Organizations in a collaborative partnership share common goals. The essence of collaborative partnership is for all parties to mutually benefit from working together.

There are instances where collaborative partnerships develop between those in different fields to supplement one another’s expertise. The relationships between collaborative partners can lead to long term partnerships that rely on one another.[1]



Collaborative partnerships in business benefit from the close, trusting relationships between partners. Network strength and openness create profit amongst businesses that have created trust between them. Collaborative partnerships between businesses generate higher levels of productivity and revenue when there is stable, bidirectional communication between parties.[2] These partnerships develop into longstanding practices and relationships that can extend beyond the length of a single project.


Educational Collaborative Partnerships[edit]

Educational collaborative partnerships is ongoing involvement between schools and business/industry, unions, governments and community organizations. Educational Collaborative Partnerships are established by mutual agreement between two or more parties to work together on projects and activities that will enhance the quality of education for students [3] while improving skills critical to success in the workplace.

Education and Business Collaborative Partnerships[edit]

The collaborative partnerships between education and businesses form to benefit innovation and educational goals. Businesses benefit from unique academic solutions to real world problems. Institutions of various learning levels benefit from funding, industry support, and resources that would normally take away from academic problems.[4]


The collaborative partnerships are an effective approach to addressing emerging healthcare issues. Having clearly defined collaboration and partnerships we were able to establish a partnership to help us meet our goals. As an example, the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Nursing Services identified a shortage of minority nurses and a failure of sufficient numbers of minority nurses to graduate from doctoral programs that threatened the viability of nursing education programs. With the shared goal of quality patient care a collaborative partnership was formed, a grant proposal written, and a research program established. The success of this program will be dependent on the ability and commitment of the University and DFHCC to provide “the time, energy, persistence, and flexibility” required for maintaining it.[5]


According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office:

The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) establishes a new framework aimed at taking a more cross-cutting and integrated approach to focusing on results and improving government performance.

Agencies can enhance and sustain their collaborative efforts by engaging in the eight practices identified below. Running throughout these practices are a number of factors such as leadership, trust, and organizational culture that are necessary elements for a collaborative working relationship.

  • Collaboration Practices
  • Define and articulate a common outcome.
  • Establish mutually reinforcing or joint strategies.
  • Identify and address needs by leveraging resources.
  • Agree on roles and responsibilities.
  • Establish compatible policies, procedures, and other means to operate across agency boundaries.
  • Develop mechanisms to monitor, evaluate, and report on results.
  • Reinforce agency accountability for collaborative efforts through agency plans and reports.
  • Reinforce individual accountability for collaborative efforts through performance management systems.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saltiel, I. M. (1998). Defining Collaborative Partnerships. New Directions For Adult & Continuing Education, (79), 5.
  2. ^ Eisingerich, Andreas B.; Bell, Simon J. (2008). "Managing Networks of Interorganizational Linkages and Sustainable Firm Performance in Business-to-Business Service Contexts". Journal of Services Marketing 22: Pages 494–504.
  3. ^ Jacobson, D. L. (2001). A New Agenda for Education Partnerships. Change, 33(5), 44.
  4. ^ Riviello R, Ozgediz D, Hsia RY, Azzie G, Newton M, Tarpley J. Role of collaborative academic partnerships in surgical training, education, and provision. World Journal of Surgery. 2010;34(3):459–465
  5. ^ Glazer, G., Alexandre, C., Reid Ponte, P. (March 31, 2008). Legislative: "Partnership or Collaboration: Words Matter." OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol.13 No.2.
  6. ^ U.S. Government Accountability Office. “Key Issues: Collaboration Across Governments, Nonprofits, and The Private Sector”. Retrieved from

Further reading[edit]

  • Madigan, J., & Schroth-Cavatalo, G. (2011). Building collaborative partnerships. Principal Leadership, 12(3), 26-30. Retrieved from
  • Roussos, S. T., & Fawcett, S. B. (2000). A review of collaborative partnerships as a strategy for improving community health. Annual Review of Public Health, 21, 369–402.
  • Souers et al., 2007, C. Souers, L. Kauffman, C. McManus, V. Parker, Collaborative learning: a focused partnership, Nurse Education in Practice, Vol. 7, Iss. 6, 2007, 392-398
  • Vangen, S. and Huxham, C. (2003), Enacting Leadership for Collaborative Advantage: Dilemmas of Ideology and Pragmatism in the Activities of Partnership Managers. British Journal of Management, 14: S61–S76. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2003.00393.x