Barriers to Partnership Working

Topics: Partnership, 1925 Pages: 17 (2999 words) Published: September 24, 2013
Chapter 4:
Barriers to Partnership Working

HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE AND HOUSING
PARTNERSHIP WORKING

BRIEFING NOTES FOR PRACTITIONERS AND
MANAGERS

August 2009

Chapter 4 – Barriers to Partnership Working

Contents
INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................ 3 THE CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF PARTNERSHIP BARRIERS .............................. 3 PEOPLE..................................................................................................................... 5 Roles (including power)................................................................................................ 5 Behaviour.................................................................................................................... 5 Skills and Knowledge ................................................................................................... 6

STRUCTURES........................................................................................................... 7 PROCESSES............................................................................................................. 8 Lack of Agreed Outcomes............................................................................................. 8 Decision-Making Mechanisms........................................................................................ 8 Poor Communication .................................................................................................... 9

RESOURCES ............................................................................................................ 9 Money......................................................................................................................... 9 Information ................................................................................................................. 9 Time ......................................................................................................................... 10

EXTERNAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES ......................................................... 10 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES .......................................................................... 11 CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................... 12 REVIEW QUESTIONS ............................................................................................. 12 This series of brief guidance notes is aimed at helping managers and practitioners understand and apply the evidence of best practice in partnership to their own practice. Based on extensive review of the literature, it provides short and practical guides, with review questions, on:

1. Why work in Partnership?
2. What is Partnership?
3. The Scottish Policy Context for Partnership
4. Barriers to Partnership
5. The Characteristics of Successful Partnerships
6. Partnership Assessment and Development Toolkits
7. Bibliography.

Full references to works cited are given at Chapter 7

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Chapter 4 – Barriers to Partnership Working

INTRODUCTION
A third of public bodies experience problems in partnerships (Strachan, 2005) and some very high profile partnerships have failed in a messy and public way (Thistlethwaite 2006). Others have found the experience of partnership very painful, progress very slow and occasionally unproductive (Huxham and Vangen, 2004). Huxham and Vangen ask if achievement of collaborative advantage is the goal for those who initiate collaborative arrangements, why is collaborative inertia so often the outcome?

This chapter reviews the relevant literature and presents the barriers to public sector partnership and the potential unintended consequences of even successful partnerships.
Writers reflect that not acknowledging barriers to partnership is, in itself, a cause of failure (Rummery and Glendinning, 2000; Lymbery, 2006) and that it is important to recognise the hurdles...


Bibliography: A third of public bodies experience problems in partnerships (Strachan, 2005) and
some very high profile partnerships have failed in a messy and public way
(Thistlethwaite 2006). Others have found the experience of partnership very painful,
progress very slow and occasionally unproductive (Huxham and Vangen, 2004).
Writers reflect that not acknowledging barriers to partnership is, in itself, a cause of
failure (Rummery and Glendinning, 2000; Lymbery, 2006) and that it is important to
(Armistead and Pettigrew, 2004)
THE CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF PARTNERSHIP BARRIERS
In analysing the barriers to, and problems with partnership working, many different
authors (Keele and Strathclyde, 2006; Wistow and Hardy, 1991; Lloyd and Wait,
2006; Glasby and Lester, 2004) have offered different categories, levels and other
means of presenting the issues for partnerships.
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