A Practical Guide to Collaborative Working

This guide examines some of the main drivers behind collaborative working, defines what constitutes collaborative working and highlights the various forms of collaboration. It also assesses the benefits and risks associated with collaboration.
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The document looks at the importance of organisations becoming innovative and creative through collaborative working and it examines the role of collaboration and mergers in the current economic environment. In addition, it directs organisations to sources of support. It is hoped that this guide will provide both practical and timely advice to a broad range of organisations.

To ensure that local best practice is made available to organisations considering collaboration, the document also contains nine collaboration and merger case studies from Northern Ireland. As well as illustrating the main drivers / rationale behind these mergers and collaborations, the case studies highlight the progression of each organisation through the merger / collaboration process.

Finally, the challenges and opportunities arising from the process are presented, along with advice from some of the key players involved. The review of the literature and case studies has highlighted the fact that there is no single generic model available which, if followed, leads to success. Local conditions, both geographic and economic, as well as the key players involved, tend to predominate and as a consequence each model reflects these specific conditions.

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