Achieving Collaborative Aims through Multiple Identity Construction: Managing a public inter-organizational collaboration

Isidora Kourti

Abstract

Although public inter-organizational collaborations can offer better public services, their management is a complex endeavour and they often fail. This paper explores identity construction as a key aspect that assists in managing successfully these collaborations. The study draws upon a longitudinal ethnographic study with a Greek public inter-organizational collaboration. The research illustrates that managers should encourage partners to construct collaborative and non-collaborative identities in order to achieve the collaboration aims. It also suggests that managers should seek both stability and change in the collaborative process and offers four collaborative patterns for the effective management of public inter-organizational collaborations.

Keywords

Identity construction; boundary strategies; separation and integration; collaboration management; public inter-organizational collaborations

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