Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships

Myrna P. Mandell and Robyn Keast

in The Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199282944
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships

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The community and voluntary sector sits alongside the state sector and the private sector. As such, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘third sector’. Organizations within this sector play a number of important and active roles in society. Some of these roles are either relatively new or have changed over the years. Many of them involve different types of inter-organizational relations. For instance, as an advocate for change on behalf of their constituents, voluntary and community organizations (VCOs) have often formed coalitions involving a number of VCOs working together. This article highlights the changing role of VCOs, with an emphasis on their role as a partner with government and others. It draws on extant literature including a suite of case studies undertaken across a number of sectors and from a range of disciplines including public administration, community and urban development, and integrated service delivery.

Keywords: community; voluntary sector; organizations; inter-organizational relations; voluntary and community organizations

Article.  11369 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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