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date: 12 November 2018

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As environmental and organizational influences drive coalitions, shared service agreements, mergers and other interorganizational alliances among health and human service organizations, social workers are frequently vital contributors. This article contextualizes interorganizational work by reviewing its theoretical underpinnings, describing historical development and discussing issues of language and definition. The wide range of relationships and corresponding structural options being implemented are explored. Sector-wide trends and their implications for interorganizational work are considered along with key factors for success and the growing role evaluation plays in promoting positive impact.

Keywords: association, federation, coalition, collaboration, consortium, cooperation, coordination, joint venture, management service organization, merger, multi-tenant nonprofit center, network, partnership, service integration, strategic alliances, strategic restructuring

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