Robin Miller

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Ohren

Second Advisor

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.