Inter-organizational Collaboration in Local-government: Features of Partnerships Events Cover Image

Tarporganizacinis bendradarbiavimas vietos savivaldoje: partnerystės šalių atstovų susitikimų bruožai
Inter-organizational Collaboration in Local-government: Features of Partnerships Events

Author(s): Agota Giedrė Raišienė
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: VšĮ Šiaulių universiteto leidykla
Keywords: Inter-organizational collaboration; partnership events; Lithuania; municipality; county.

Summary/Abstract: This article presents research results on features of partnerships events. Twenty-four municipalities were invited to participate in the research and 13 municipalities took part in it. Participants of the research were selected by random sample. Respondents expressed opinion about 27 inter-organization partnerships programs and projects that were implemented in 35 municipalities and 6 counties. Questionnaire on meetings consisted of four parts: management, recording, participants and group size, and decision-making. Research revealed, that leadership problems dominated in partner meetings, because meetings are conducted by person having the highest decision making power, and not by meeting facilitator. These meeting management problems were identified: meeting leaders generally influenced decision-making processes, they could not avoid involvement into general discussions on topic, did not manage meeting schedule. However, there are positive features also: 1) all meeting participants actively participate in a meeting. Persons with higher status or decision-making power usually do not dominate; 2) meetings commonly are optimal by group size, pending question number and duration; 3) participants discussing alternatives of proposal have enough information about problem situation; and, before making a decision, meeting participants seek for variants that are acceptable for all interest groups. Summarizing the research, it is true to say that essentially partnerships events are productive and helps to pursue project goals.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 114-119
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Lithuanian