Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources by Seymour B. SarasonCrossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources by Seymour B. Sarason

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

bySeymour B. Sarason, Elizabeth M. Lorentz

Hardcover | October 24, 1997

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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.
SEYMOUR B. SARASON is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books including The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform and the Case for Change, both from Jossey-Bass Publishers. ELIZABETH M. LORENTZ supervises new coordinator...
Title:Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of ResourcesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:170 pages, 9.63 × 6.34 × 0.75 inPublished:October 24, 1997Publisher:Wiley

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For those interested in collaboration this is a mu Sarason and Lonrentz zero in on the key element of catalyzing and sustaining collaboration among a variety of stakeholders -- the role of the partner coordinator / facilitator / broker. They name the un-nameable by putting the spotlight on the reshuffling of positions and org charts that passes as organizational reform and then ask the most obvious question -- how can you have coordination without a coordinator? Organizations are social entities where the participants collectively agree to cooperate to achieve some shared goal. Sustaining that cooperation is the foremost role in any organization, yet often the one least attended to. The authors spell out clearly how that cooperation can be achieved, how problem solving can be significantly enriched and how exchanges between people can facilitate the creation of new resources and higher levels of achievement. Great book!
Date published: 2007-02-14

Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

"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