Interorganizational Practice Interventions

Catherine Alter

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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Social welfare organizations must often work with one another to accomplish goals unattainable by going it alone. This article on interorganizational relationships (IORs) examines the need for IORs today, the costs and benefits of collaboration across organizational boundaries, the prerequisites of IOR formation, and a normative developmental model that hypothesizes an association between the purposes of an IOR and the most effective form to achieve the given goal. The focus of the article is on the concepts, principles, skills, and attributes managers and other macro practitioners need to manage a complex interorganizational task environment.

Keywords: interorganizational relationships; inter-agency relationships; cooperation; collaboration; coordination; services integration; systems of care; affiliations; associations; partnerships; networks; strategic alliances; federations; coalitions

Article.  3784 words. 

Subjects: Social Work Macro Practice

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