Crossing boundaries: collaboration, coordination, and the redefinition of resources

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Jossey-Bass Inc., 1998 - Business & Economics - 170 pages
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In this book, Seymour Sarason and Elizabeth Lorentz offer a penetrating analysis of the pitfalls and possibilities inherent in collaborations between and within organizations. They present a new paradigm for the management of people and resources and show how organizational collaborations can be successful. Crossing Boundaries is based on decades of experience using a resource sharing model in both the private and public sectors. Illustrated with examples from both arenas, the book explains why effective collaboration hinges on rethinking organizational roles and structures. Traditionally, people are treated as "organization chart" resources - workers are pigeonholed and are not to stray from the confines of their carefully crafted job descriptions. True collaboration and resource exchange between organizations requires the creation of a new role, a network coordinator, to serve as a critical bridge between and across organizations. The authors describe the characteristics of the ideal coordinator and explain how this resource exchange energizes and reinforces collegiality and a sense of community.

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SEYMOUR B. SARASON is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books including The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform and the Case for Change, both from Jossey-Bass Publishers. ELIZABETH M. LORENTZ supervises new coordinators of resource exchange networks in the New York metropolitan area. She also brings network concepts to bear on organizations on whose advisory board she serves, including the Institute for Responsive Education, the Bank Street College of Education, the College for Human Services, the Rene Dubos Forum, and the Public Education Association.

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