Definitions of Collaboration

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Mattessich, Paul, Marta Murray-Close, Barbara R. Monsey. Collaboration: What Makes It Work, 2nd Edition: A Review of Research Literature on Factors Influencing Successful Collaboration. Saint Paul, MN: Wilder Publishing Center, 2004.

Collaboration is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more organizations to achieve common goals.

The relationship includes a commitment to mutual relationships and goals; the jointly developed structure and shared responsibility; mutual authority and accountability for success; and the sharing of resources and rewards. (4)

The individuals who represent collaborating organizations are referred to as partners or members.

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