Governing collaborations: the case of a pioneering settlement services partnership in Australia

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Abstract

Inter-organizational partnerships are known to encounter various tensions, including efficiency versus inclusiveness, internal versus external legitimacy, flexibility versus stability, and accountability versus autonomy. This study examines how a pioneering settlement services partnership in Australia, made up of 23 not-for-profit organizations, addresses these tensions. Using a case study method, it was found that the partnership adopted a hybrid governance model that combines the lead organization governance model (as mandated) and the shared governance model (as enabled by governance practices by the lead organization), which not only addressed the tensions but also established a strong sense of lateral accountability among partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1316
Number of pages22
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume23
Issue number9
Early online date6 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Partnership
  • governance
  • not-for-profit
  • settlement services

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