Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Dr. Joseph Ohren
Dr. Edward Sidlow
This paper describes an emerging organizational phenomenon called intersectoral collaboration as a means for delivering public services. Collaboration, and intersectoral collaboration specifically, present a new way to organize over traditional hierarchical organization. The conflict between structured and nonstructured organizations is one that has existed since people began organizing themselves (Olsen, 1965; Abrhamasson, 1993). This paper is composed of three sections. The first provides a literature review on collaboration including discussion of the benefits and roadblocks to collaborative efforts. The second portion builds on this analysis of collaborative efforts in other functions with a case study of collaboration between the city of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University in meeting Federal and state stormwater management mandates. The third and final section concludes with a review of lessons learned through viewing collaboration in the lens of stormwater management.
Miller, Robin, "Cooperation, Coordination, and Connection: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Intersectoral Collaboration through the Lens of Stormwater Management" (2009). Senior Honors Theses. 173.