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Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources



Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources

Seymour B. Sarason, Elizabeth M. Lorentz

ISBN: 978-0-787-91069-3 October 1997 Jossey-Bass 170 Pages


Once again, Sarason leads the way, with a unique and provocative perspective on organizational collaboration.

In this penetrating work, Sarason and Lorenz tackle the problem of decreased in schools and health and social service agencies. They show how collaboration between organizations can work, and how this pooling of resources can add up to more than the sum of parts. The authors the role of networks for maximizing the use of resources, the special role and characteristics of a network coordinator, and the energy and sense of community that will result.
Introduction: Charters, Curricula, and a History of Failure
1. An Emerging Paradigm Shift
2. Redefining Resources
3. Breaking the Organizational Chart Mentality
4. Coordination: The Origins of a Point of View
5. The Coordinator's Rationale: Cognitive and Stylistic Characteristics
6. Collegiality and Community: The New Paradigm in Action
Epilogue: The Public Schools and the Private Sector
"Must reading for anyone involved in improving schools or communities. Sarason and Lorentz identify a vital catalyst for orchestrating change effectively--one that is a promising as it is overlooked." --Eric Schaps, president, Developmental Studies Center, Oakland, California

"Sarason and Lorentz have extAnded their earlier work on resource networks to create what may well become the classic work on coordination and collaboration in organizations in general and schools in particular." --Dale L. Brubaker, professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

"For anyone who is struggling with the real world implications of collaboration and coordination in the human services, Crossing Boundaries is an invaluable practical guide by authors who have blazed these trails and know the territory." --Jacquelyn McCroskey, associate professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work