1st Edition

Organizing for Social Partnership Higher Education in Cross-Sector Collaboration

By David J. Siegel Copyright 2010
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    The most complex social challenges – such as post-secondary access and success for under-represented students, diversification of the workforce, poverty, environmental degradation, and global health – exceed the problem-solving capacity of single organizations or societal sectors. Organizing for Social Partnership provides colleges and universities, corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations with a model for how to effectively address these and other pressing social issues through strong, effective collaboration. This valuable book is relevant for graduate students enrolled in courses on postsecondary organization and governance, equity and diversity, access, administration, and contemporary issues. Organizing for Social Partnership will also spark dialogue among higher education leaders and their counterparts in business, government, and the social sector.


    I. Framing the Challenge

    1. Social Issues in a Boundaryless World

    2. The Engagement Imperative in American Higher Education

    3. The Promise of Intersectoral Collaboration

    II. A Model for Addressing the Social Problem of Underrepresentation

    4. Case Example: Building the Diversity Pipeline

    5. Starting Conditions: Rationales for Interorganizational Collaboration

    6. The Experience of Collaboration

    7. The Difference Made by Partnership

    III. The Future of Social Partnership

    8. Organizations as Activists

    9. Implications for Organizations and Society


    David J. Siegel is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University.

    "[This book] provides the reader with a stimulating framework to rethink organizations for a fairer world. As such, it is of huge interest both for faculties and practitioners working on diversity and social justice as well as for researchers interested in organizational studies."--Teachers College Record  

    "Organizing for Social Partnership: Higher Education in Cross-sector Collaboration significantly contributed to the discussion of increasing diversity in the workplace by presenting why diversity is needed, how to form cross-sector partnerships, and suggestions for further social partnerships."—Education Review

    "In addition to its multiple virtues as a methodologically sound, theoretically well-grounded, and meticulously researched project, Siegel’s book is simply enjoyable reading. The wealth of the observational, interview, and document data gathered for this case study is an inexhaustible source of stories and metaphors that enliven and elucidate the discussion."—Journal of College Student Development