A “Simple” Network Collaborative Process

By Julia Carboni
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University


Increasingly, government is relying on networks of providers to deliver goods and services. Service delivery networks include multiple, autonomous organizations working together toward a goal. While there is a large literature on network governance and management, there is relatively little empirical work and few teaching simulations are focused on collaborative processes within networks. Understanding how to collaborate successfully in multi-organizational settings is a critical professional skill for today’s public and nonprofit managers The intentionally generic nature of this simulation allows instructors to use it across a wide variety of courses that deal with inter-organizational collaboration. Networks can be framed as cross sector or within sector interorganizational collaborations.

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